Indian tennis star Sania Mirza will now be seen playing her new innings in cricket. Royal Challengers Bangalore has appointed Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza as a mentor for the upcoming Women's Premier League.
Sania Mirza appointed mentor of RCB team, Indian tennis star Sania Mirza has been appointed as the mentor of the Royal Challengers Bangalore team in the Women's Premier League. RCB confirmed this on Wednesday through its official Twitter handle. Tennis player Sania said on this that she herself was surprised that she got the offer to become the mentor of the cricket team, but later she accepted it.
RCB's Twitter handle read, "A pioneer in Indian sports for women, a youth icon who has played fearlessly and defied odds throughout her career, a champion on and off the field. We are proud to welcome Sania Mirza as the mentor of the RCB women's.
The pioneer in Indian sports for women, a youth icon, someone who has played Bold and broken barriers throughout her career, and a champion on and off the field. We are proud to welcome Sania Mirza as the mentor of the RCB women’s cricket team. ?#PlayBold @MirzaSania pic.twitter.com/eMOMU84lsC— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) February 15, 2023
After becoming the mentor of the Royal Challengers Bangalore team, Sania said in a team interview, "I was a little surprised, but I was excited. Fortunately or unfortunately, I have been a professional athlete for 20 years. My next job is to help young women and youth. Trying to make girls believe that sports can be one of the first career options for them.”
Asked what she would bring to the Royal Challengers, Mirza said handling pressure is one of the most important aspects in any game and she would work with the players on their mental aspect. He said “there are so many similarities (between cricket and tennis). Every athlete thinks the same, they go through the same pressure. Just handling pressure situations, accepting them is very important. Pressure is a special thing, if you can't accept it, you can't get better under pressure. The biggest champions are those who can handle the pressure.
Sania further added “That aspect of it, the mental aspect is something that I am looking forward to working with the girls. If what the IPL has done for men's cricket can be done for women's cricket, then playing the game could become a natural choice for young girls.
In the Women's Premier League auction on 13 February, Royal Challengers Bangalore bought Smriti Mandhana for 3.4 crores and she became the first player to be sold in the history of this league. Along with this, Mandhana is also the most expensive player in the league. Apart from Mandhana, the team also has Sophie Devine, Ellyse Perry, Renuka Singh and Richa Ghosh.
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