Ahead of the game, Kohli, who is in Mumbai ahead of the first ODI against Australia on Friday (March 17), spoke with the women's team.
Last Updated: 07.02 AM, Mar 16, 2023
In the inaugural Women's Premier League (WPL) 2023, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Women were on a losing streak, despite having some of the strongest players on their side.
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After playing five games this season, Smriti Mandhana's team was winless. However, after a visit from former India captain and RCB men's team captain Virat Kohli, the side put on a good game the same evening and went on to win against UP Warriorz by five wickets.
Ahead of the game, Kohli, who is in Mumbai ahead of the first ODI against Australia on Friday (March 17), spoke with the women's team. He spoke about his own experiences and how despite not winning a trophy, they still have the most loyal fans.
Soon after the game, fans took to social media to call the victory the 'Virat Kohli effect' and even added that he was the lucky charm for the squad.
When chasing 136 to win, the RCB women's team was having some trouble, but Kanika Ahuja's 46 off 30 balls and Richa Ghosh's composed unbeaten 31 helped them succeed.
“We were tensed but Kanika and Richa’s stand got us through. Very proud of Kanika. I think the camera showed I was nervous initially and we had to get a win at least today,” Smriti Mandhana said after the win on Wednesday (March 15).
“But Kanika and Richa played really well. Kanika’s approach is brilliant. Indian players are more technical but her flair was brilliant to see. Big thanks to the loyal supporters, they were supportive even when they weren't in great positions. This one’s for them,” Mandhana added.