Picture Credit: Twitter

Picture Credit: Twitter

The Royal Challengers Bangalore have named Indian batter Smriti Mandhana as the skipper for the upcoming Women’s Premier League 2023. The franchise made the announcement on Saturday (18 February) in a video message. Earlier, the franchise had roped in Mandhana for a record price of INR 3.4 Crore.

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In the video, former India and RCB captain Virat Kohli and current captain Faf du Plessis shared a few words which the franchise shared on Twitter. “From one No. 18 to another, from one skipper to another, Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis announce RCB’s captain for Women’s Premier League - Smriti Mandhana,” RCB captioned the post.


“Now it’s time for another No. 18 to lead very special RCB team in WPL. Yes, we are talking about Smriti Mandhana. Go well Smriti. You have the support of the best team and best fans in the world,” said Virat in the video.


The RCB Chairman Prathmesh Mishra also said, “Smriti is central to our Play Bold philosophy and cricketing plans. We have handed her the leadership role, and we are confident that Smriti will lead RCB to greater heights.”


The inaugural edition of the Women’s Premier League is set to kick start from March 4 with Gujarat Giants locking horns against Mumbai Indians at DY Patil Stadium. Mandhana-led RCB will play their first match in the tournament on March 5 against Delhi Capitals at the Brabourne Stadium. 

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