The Rise of 'Captain' Smriti Mandhana

Learn about the inspiring rise of 'Captain' Smriti Mandhana in the Women's Premier League. Explore her journey, achievements, and impact on women's cricket.

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Rise of 'Captain' Smriti Mandhana
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In the files of cricketing records, many tales of exemplary unfold on a Cricketing pitch, in which heroes and heroines are cast through grit and determination. Such is the narrative of Smriti Mandhana, the luminary left-hander who reached the top of international women's cricket.


Mandhana's journey is a journey of the underdog. Her coronation as the ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year for 2021 is proof of her unwavering commitment to excellence. A glimpse into Mandhana's journey shows a different side of Stalwart. From dispatching short balls over the ropes to executing superb strokes towards the off-side, the 27-year-old southpaw has trapped the top bowlers in her web of brilliance.

Her tenure as captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Women's Premier League (WPL) shows her leadership acumen. In the inaugural edition of the WPL, Mandhana was in the spotlight as the most expensive player, with a staggering Rs. 3.4 crore price tag. However, despite the weight of expectations, her team, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), finished fourth among five teams.

Yet, in the face of disappointment, she embraced the challenge with steely resolve, focusing on course correction and redemption. Fast forward to the final at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi, India. With the WPL title hanging in the balance, RCB won the title against the formidable Delhi Capitals (DC) in a battle of queens. It is a feat that the RCB men's team has not achieved in the 16-year-old history of the franchise.

The triumph in the WPL is praise for relentless planning and unwavering dedication, which signifies Mandhana's ability to lead through difficult circumstances. As Mandhana basks in the glory of her achievements, her journey is far from over. With a career spanning 11 years and an excellent record, she keeps encouraging an era of cricketers with her courage and skill.

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