Shastri stunned as RCB captain Smriti Mandhana receives loudest cheers at WPL 2024 final: ‘I know it’s Delhi but…’ | Cricket


An hour before the start of the 2024 edition of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) final at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi, a journalist shared a video of “RCB” chants echoing through the Delhi Gate Metro station as as fans of the Royal Challengers. Bangalore had invaded the capital. One might expect more cheers for home team Delhi Capitals, who were the first to qualify for the final, making their second consecutive appearance at the top of the WPL. But at the toss, it was more obvious which team had more fans present at the venue, and that left former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri stunned.

Former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri with RCB captain Smriti Mandhana at the toss

DC skipper Meg Lanning won the toss on Sunday and opted to bat first, conforming to popular opinion that one must put the runs on the board first to create pressure on opponents .

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“I think this is the best chance to win the match. The pitch is good and we will have to bat well. What happened before doesn’t matter, we are facing a great team and we have to play well “, the Aussie said before revealing that Delhi have not made any changes to their playing XI.

Shastri, who was the presenter of the draw, then called RCB captain Mandhana, and the Delhi crowd went crazy. Stunned by the spectators’ reaction, the former Indian cricketer said: “I know it’s Delhi but it looks like Bengaluru.”

Mandhana could only smile at the reaction from the crowd and Shastri, before admitting that RCB would have liked to bat first too. Bangalore, which made its first WPL Final after beating defending champions Mumbai Indians in the Eliminator on Friday, they made just one change: Meghana replacing Disha Kasat.

“We would have batted first as well, but I think it’s not going really well, we’ll have to play well, stick to our plans and play good cricket. We’ve had a lot of ups and downs so far, but we “We have to be at our best tonight. It’s the 4th match on the same wicket, the last match, it was played slowly,” she said.

This is the third time that RCB and Delhi have clashed in the WPL 2024 and the 2023 runners-up have won both matches. Marizanne Kapp’s all-round show helped DC beat Bangalore by 25 runs last month before the two played a thriller in Delhi where Richa Ghosh’s 29-ball 51 went in vain as the hosts won by a single run to qualify for the final last Sunday.

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