Indian tennis legend, Sania Mirza, has been appointed as the mentor of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) team for the inaugural Women's Premier League (WPL) tournament. The league is scheduled to be played in Mumbai from March 4 to 26.
Mirza, who is the first Indian woman to win a major title, is expected to join the team after the conclusion of the ATP Dubai Open, which is likely to be her last professional tournament. Along with Mirza, RCB has appointed Australian Ben Sawyer as the head coach, Malolan Rangarajan as assistant coach, and VR Vanitha as fielding coach. RX Murali has been appointed as the power-hitting coach.
RCB has put together a star-studded lineup for the inaugural WPL tournament, which includes players such as Smriti Mandhana, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Sophie Devine, Dane van Niekerk, and Richa Ghosh. The team is set to play its opening match against Delhi Capitals at Brabourne Stadium on March 5, the second day of the tournament.
Mirza, who has won six major titles in women's doubles and mixed doubles, is excited to help young girls believe that sport can be their first career choice. She is particularly looking forward to working with younger Indian players and helping them deal with pressure. She believes that she can bring in the mental steadiness and belief that is required to succeed in professional sports.