The Royal Challengers Bangalore women’s team is one of the five teams to participate in the inaugural edition of the Women’s T20 League. The league stages of the first-ever women’s tournament will start from March 4 and will see the world’s best cricket players go head-to-head with each other representing their franchises.
In total 22 league stage matches will be played including the eliminator and the final. All the matches of the inaugural season of the much-anticipated league will be held in Mumbai across two venues, DY Patil Stadium and Brabourne Stadium respectively. RCB meanwhile will be playing a majority of their matches at the Brabourne Stadium.
Needless to say, the Royal Challengers Bangalore are notoriously known for picking the best cricketing athletes for their roster and the same applied to their women’s team. At the auction, RCB made sure they got the best of the lot.
Here are the 5 players you need to watch out for in the Bangalore team.
S. Mandhana is India women’s team star player and arguably amongst the best women’s cricketer. Therefore RCB made sure they left no stone unturned while bidding for her, they bagged the Indian superstar for INR 3.4 crore. She has been awarded with Arjuna Award and also named the ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year. The talent and experience she brings to the table are impeccable and that is why she has been named as the captain for Bangalore. Having played over 100 T20 matches and scoring almost 3000 runs the prospect of Mandhan in the Women’s T20 League is sure to watch out for.
The star Australian all-rounder is a well-renowned cricket player around the world and RCB sure hit the bull’s eye while picking her for INR 1.7 crore. Perry has been one of the leading all-rounders in the game. She has scored 1515 runs in 134 T20Is with seven fifties and has 120 wickets at 5.84. Not to mention she brings in BBL experience with her as well, adding 4 World T20I championships and you have the best possible player to anchor your team.
The young Indian wicket-keeper batter is one of India’s rising stars. Ghosh was part of the U19 T20 World Cup winning team and RCB were focused on bringing the young prospect into their team for INR 1.9 crore. With a whopping strike rate of 135.50 from 31 T20Is, she brings explosive batting firepower in the middle-orders besides her wicketkeeping skills. In a team where Bangalore have got enough experience on their side, they need young guns and this is where Ghosh will bring in the explosive firepower. No wonder, the Delhi Capitals were in a bidding war against Royal Challengers Bangalore for Ghosh but it was in vain as RCB came out on top.
The New Zealand all-rounder was picked by Royal Challengers Bangalore for a bargain price of INR 50 lakhs at the auction. 119 T20I games and 2969 runs backed by 110 wickets, Devine has showcased that she is indeed one of the best all-rounder in world cricket. She has captained the New Zealand team during the 2022 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup and the Commonwealth Games 2022 in England. In a format where all-rounders are most sought after, Devine is one of the important players for the Royal Challenger and is expected to do well.
India’s shining fast bowler was crowned as the ICC 2022 Emerging Player of the Year, this was enough for RCB to look their sights on R. Singh and grab her for INR 1.5 crore. Having scalped 31 wickets she is making a name for herself in the Indian team. Having made her Indian debut only in 2021 vs Australia, she has created a positive impact on the women’s side. In the 2022 Commonwealth Tournament in England, she was India’s leading wicket-taker with 11 wickets.