Swashbuckling India opener and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Smriti Mandhana recently attended the LeaderxRCB event alongside many others, including Del Piero and Pullela Gopichand in Bangalore. The event is part of a two-day Leaders Meet Innovation conference in Bengaluru.
While discussing on Women’s Premier League (WPL) Smriti spoke about how the WPL has changed the landscape of women’s cricket and is a platform for upcoming talents.
The RCB skipper said, “First season has been amazing but we have seen how the men’s IPL has grown in terms of what it was the first year and now what it is. As the Indian cricketers for us it gives a platform to young cricketers to grow and be ready for international cricket.”
“I think that’s what we all look forward to, what WPL is going to do and that will really help us in the World Cups when we go and represent India. A youngster coming to international level will already be playing four to five seasons of WPL and will be much more experienced to take that kind of pressure,” Smriti Mandhana further added.
“Last year’s WPL has got us few talents” – Smriti Mandhana
Smriti Mandhana said, “Last year’s WPL has got us few talents and I see the domestic season now they are a lot more confident players so I think that this is something which is going to be amazing to see the rise of Indian Women’s Cricket as well because of WPL.”
The conference was organized by IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore in collaboration with Leaders in Sport, the world’s leading events and media organization. The unique event will bring together significant people in sports and media from around the world. The event will act as an amplifier for promoting the convergence of athletic ability with economic savvy.
The conference will also feature speakers like Abhinav Bindra, the first-ever individual Olympic gold medallist, and Neeraj Chopra, Olympic and World Champion. England test batting coach Brendon McCullum is also slated to attend according to the RCB website.