RCB mentor Sania Mirza talks to players

Ahead of WPL 2023, Royal Challenger Bangalore (RCB) mentor Sania Mirza joined the team and interacted with them on Friday. While talking to the players, Sania discussed that after quitting tennis, she has decided to help women athletes in any sport in India.

“If anyone has anything to talk about I’m here, when I’m not here I can give you my number… We can chat, I’m just here as a friend.”

When New Zealand’s Sophie Devine asked Sania about retirement, Sania said, ‘I was ready. I have a son and the past year has been a struggle. I have had three surgeries.”

“I made it to the final in Australia in the mix. I was like it’s good to go out on top like I just wanted to stop. It’s exciting. I’m happy.”

“Photoshoots, media attention, I have faced all these things for the last 20 years and I think I can help girls deal with the pressure,” she said.

RCB director Mike Hesson spoke about the idea behind choosing Sania as a mentor. “We didn’t have a mentor for the initial few years as we felt we had covered most areas within the cricket staff. We wanted someone who could make a difference and add some value to the group.

“Someone who can talk about the exciting challenges that each player in the room faces, the opportunities that you will face over the next four-five weeks. There couldn’t have been a better time for us to have Sania in the team.

RCB will lock horns against Meg Lanning’s Delhi Capitals in their first encounter at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday, March 5.

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