Sania Mirza who was named as women RCB’s mentor feels she can help Royal Challengers Bangalore women cricketers to deal with the mental aspect of things in the inaugural Women’s Premier League.
Sania Mirza Wants To Help RCB Youngsters
As per WPL 2023 schedule, Smriti Mandhana-led RCB will play their first match against Delhi Capitals on March 5.
“I know nothing about cricket. I thought (when I was made mentor) what I am going to do, what am I going to talk to the girls. I am recently retired, last week actually. So I was thinking what’s my next step in life. So my next step was try and help women athletes around and in India,” Sania was seen speaking to RCB contingent, video of which has been posted on franchise’s official twitter handle.
“In any sport, to help with the mental aspect of things which I have been through for the last 20 years,” Sania said.
Asked by a player how hard it was for her was to retire, Sania said: “I was actually ready. I have a son who is 4 and honestly the last one year has been a struggle. I had three surgeries. I just though it was good to go out on top. I just wanted to stop.” Sania said as mentor her role will be to help the RCB in their journey towards maiden WPL title.
“I was in individual sport, so photo shoot, media attention everything I handled on my own, so I thought ok I can actually give something to the girls,” she said.
“It’s normal to feel the pressure but you just have to know how to deal with it, block the noise a little bit and Indian media is tough.” Stating that struggle is part and parcel of every sportsperson’s life, Sania reminded the RCB players their goals behind taking up the sport of cricket.
“There is struggle in everything. We didn’t used to get courts, we used to cow dung based courts. We didn’t have coaches. The coaches who were there were not experts. Then there is normal struggle of girls,” she said.
Champions are the ones who win even when situations are adverse.
“Our job as an athlete is to inspire the next generation. You are only as good as how you perform on that day. The champions are one who are not winning all the time, the champions are one who are winning when they are not playing well.
“You have to remember why you started playing cricket, because you love the game,” Sania concluded on her first day with the side.
WPL 2023 Format
WPL 2023 Format: WPL 2023 will follow the Round Robin format with Group System and Playoffs format. Following are the details of the WPL 2023 Format:
- All participating(5) teams will play against each other twice which will mark a total of 20 league matches.
- The topper of the WPL 2023 Points Table will directly qualify for the final.
- The eliminator match will be played between the 2nd and 3rd placed teams.
- The winner of the eliminator will qualify as the second finalist for the WPL 2023 final match.
WPL Teams and Captains 2023
WPL Teams and Captains 2023: BCCI has received INR 4669.99 crores in the Women’s Premier League team Auction. Following are the details of the WPL 2023 Teams Captains:
|Gujarat Giants||Adani Group||Ahmedabad||Beth Mooney||INR 1289 Cr|
|Mumbai Indians||Reliance Industries||Mumbai||Harmanpreet Kaur||INR 912.99 Cr|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||Diageo||Bengaluru||Smriti Mandhana||INR 901 Cr|
|Delhi Capitals||JSW–GMR||Delhi||Meg Lanning||INR 810 Cr|
|UP Warriorz||Capri Global||Lucknow||Alyssa Healy||INR 757 Cr|