WPL 2023: There are possibilities that RCB Women could lift the inaugural title of the ongoing Women Premier League. RCB Women did not start as they would have expected in the tournament but their squad strength is vast and possess the qualities one would need to lift the title.
RCB Women are currently placed at the bottom half of the table in the 4th spot as they have lost all of their two matches so far. Bangalore’s two defeats came against Delhi Capitals Women and Mumbai Indians Women where the Smriti Mandhana-led team lost to both teams.
Let’s see why the 4th placed RCB Women could lift the WPL title
1. The Smriti Mandhana-factor
India has produced many talented cricketers over the years, but few have matched the potential of Smriti Mandhana. This exceptional batter has dominated the cricket field with her aggressive stroke play, establishing herself as a match-winner.
Mandhana’s performance in the recent T20 World Cup 2023 was nothing short of sensational. She relentlessly attacked the opposing team’s bowlers and scored 151 runs in four games at a strike rate of 138.53.
Opposition bowlers fear Mandhana when she’s in top form. Her consistent success on the international stage has proven her abilities time and time again. In the ongoing WPL 2023, she could be the key player to take Royal Challengers Bangalore to victory.
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2. Fast Bowling unit strength
Megan Schutt, who has been a game-changer for Australia across all formats, is a part of the Bangalore franchise. Schutt has claimed 124 wickets at an economy rate of 6.21 in her 96 T20Is and has performed consistently in world cricket.
Along with Megan, The fast-bowling options of RCB Women are incredibly deep. Among them is Renuka Singh Thakur, India’s premier pacer, who has caused trouble for batters with her swing and taken 31 wickets in 32 T20Is with an economy rate of 6.43.
Moreover, Ellyse Perry and Sophie Devine, two fast-bowling all-rounders with international experience, are also in RCB’s arsenal. Perry and Devine have been dominant with the ball and can set the WPL 2023 alight with their skills.
3. Experience players in the squad
Experience has proven to be extremely valuable in major tournaments, particularly during tense moments where nerves are tested. Those who have established themselves as reliable performers have a greater likelihood of succeeding.
Bangalore has an abundance of experienced players which includes Perry, Devine, Heather Knight, Dane van Niekerk, and Schutt. These cricketers are renowned names in international cricket and have left the cricketing community in awe of their performances on the field.