WPL 2024: Best Starting Playing XI for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)

As the excitement builds up for the upcoming season of the WPL, all eyes are on the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) squad. With a fine blend of seasoned veterans and promising youngsters, RCB seems poised to make a significant impact in the tournament. Let’s take a closer look at the probable playing 11 for RCB, featuring some of the most formidable talents in women’s cricket.

Royal Challengers Bangalore WPL. PC: WPL
Royal Challengers Bangalore WPL. PC: WPL

Royal Challengers Bangalore Probable Playing XI for WPL 2024

1. Smriti Mandhana(C)

Smriti Mandhana for Royal Challengers Bangalore in WPL. PC: Female Cricket
Smriti Mandhana for Royal Challengers Bangalore in WPL. PC: Female Cricket

Smriti Mandhana struggled in WPL 2023 with 149 runs in 8 matches at a 111.19 strike rate yet she rebounded strongly in WT20I with 539 runs in 21 matches maintaining a high ICC ranking. In domestic tournaments, she scored 167 runs in 3 matches at a 55.67 average and 103.72 strike rate.

2. Sophie Devine

Sophie Devine for Royal Challengers Bangalore in WPL. PC: Female Cricket
Sophie Devine for Royal Challengers Bangalore in WPL. PC: Female Cricket

Sophie Devine’s batting prowess was evident in WPL 2023 scoring 266 runs in 8 matches at a 30.11 average and 126.04 strike rate continuing her form in WBBL 2023/24 she amassed 489 runs in 15 matches at a 37.61 average and 140.92 SR highlighting her importance as a top order batter and good with the ball when required with 3 wickets in 5 innings by striking at crucial moments.

3. Ellyse Perry

Ellyse Perry for Royal Challengers Bangalore in WPL. PC: Female Cricket
Ellyse Perry for Royal Challengers Bangalore in WPL. PC: Female Cricket

Ellyse Perry demonstrated her batting prowess in WPL 2023 amassing 253 runs in 8 matches at 42.16 avg and 123.41 sr continuing in WBBL 2023/24 she scored 496 runs in 13 matches at 45 09 avg and 131 56 sr highlighting her versatility and significance in t20 cricket and also offering support with the ball time and again with decent figures of 4 wickets in 8 matches in WPL 2023.

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4. Richa Ghosh(WK)

Richa Ghosh for Royal Challengers Bangalore in WPL. PC: Female Cricket
Richa Ghosh for Royal Challengers Bangalore in WPL. PC: Female Cricket

Richa Ghosh showcased her batting prowess in 8 matches amassing 138 runs at a strike rate of 135.29. In international cricket, since 2023 she accumulated 250 runs in 14 matches at an average nearing 30 and a strike rate close to 130 underscoring her consistency and impact

5. Nadine de Klerk

Nadine de Klerk for Royal Challengers Bangalore in WPL. PC: Female Cricket
Nadine de Klerk for Royal Challengers Bangalore in WPL. PC: Female Cricket

In 20 international matches, Nadine de Klerk amassed 174 runs at an average of 33 and a brisk strike rate of 140 additionally in The Hundred Women competition she made a significant impact with a crucial fifty in 2 matches she played.

6. Kanika Ahuja

Kanika Ahuja for Royal Challengers Bangalore in WPL. PC: Female Cricket
Kanika Ahuja for Royal Challengers Bangalore in WPL. PC: Female Cricket

Kanika Ahuja contributed 98 runs in 7 matches during WPL 2023 at a commendable strike rate of 132.43 despite limited bowling opportunities she made a mark by claiming 2 crucial wickets in a single match, alongside 2nd highest wicket-taker in the domestic tournament a year ago showcasing her versatility and impact on the field.

7. Shreyanka Patil

Shreyanka Patil for Royal Challengers Bangalore in WPL. PC: Female Cricket
Shreyanka Patil for Royal Challengers Bangalore in WPL. PC: Female Cricket

Shreyanka Patil showcased her bowling prowess in WPL 2023 securing 6 wickets in 7 matches at a 32.00 average notably she excelled in the later stages of innings in her debut international season patil claimed 8 wickets in 6 matches her WCPL 2023 feat as the highest wicket-taker with a 5.83 economy rate highlights her reliability in pressure situations

8. Georgia Wareham

Georgia Wareham for Royal Challengers Bangalore in WPL. PC: Female Cricket
Georgia Wareham for Royal Challengers Bangalore in WPL. PC: Female Cricket

Georgia Wareham had limited opportunities in WPL 2023 securing 1 wicket in 2 matches however in WBBL 2023/24 she showcased her talent with 14 wickets in 14 matches complemented by 295 runs in international cricket she’s been consistently highlighting her value as a crucial wicket-taker.

9. Simran Bahadur

Simran Bahadur for Royal Challengers Bangalore in WPL. PC: Female Cricket
Simran Bahadur for Royal Challengers Bangalore in WPL. PC: Female Cricket

Simran Bahadur showcased her bowling prowess in domestic tournaments claiming 7 wickets in 4 matches at an average of 19.85 additionally with the bat she contributed 62 runs at an average of 21 demonstrating her versatility and all-round capabilities on the field.

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10. Renuka Singh

Renuka Singh for Royal Challengers Bangalore in WPL. PC: Female Cricket
Renuka Singh for Royal Challengers Bangalore in WPL. PC: Female Cricket

Renuka Singh faced a tough WPL 2023 securing only 1 wicket in 6 matches yet her international career shines with 16 wickets in 13 matches at an average near 20 and an economy rate of nearly 6.50 since 2023 known for her new ball prowess. Renuka’s knack for crucial breakthroughs makes her a valuable asset.

11. Ekta Bisht

Ekta Bisht for Royal Challengers Bangalore in WPL. PC: Female Cricket
Ekta Bisht for Royal Challengers Bangalore in WPL. PC: Female Cricket

Experienced bowler Ekta Bisht aged 37 boasts a stellar record in international cricket with 53 wickets in 42 matches at an impressive average of 14.71 and an economy rate of 5.30, apart from that in 2 domestic tournaments (8 wickets in 4 innings at 3.87 economies and 36 runs in 4 innings, In the 2nd tournament taking 15 wickets in 10 innings at an economy of 4.66 and 97 runs in 7 innings (54* HS) highlighting her consistency and value to the team.

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