After Royal Challengers Bangalore's (RCB) title triumph in the Women’s Premier League (WPL) captain Smriti Mandhana has revealed the painstaking preparations that had gone into turning the dream into reality. From brainstorming the kind of dressing room culture to having a dedicated communication group for the Indian domestic players in the off-season, RCB left no stone unturned in this labour of love that eventually on Sunday. WPL 2024: Smriti Mandhana Left in Awe of Shreyanka Patil and Sophie Molineux Show Spinning Royal Challengers Bangalore to Maiden Title.

It was a night of multiple triumphs for RCB. The players showcased their peak performance in the pivotal tournament finale, adeptly seizing opportunities with the ball to limit Delhi Capitals to a modest total of 113. They then demonstrated prowess with the bat, efficiently chasing the target with only two wickets down.

In addition to winning the Fair Play award, RCB also swept the individual awards in a historic first in the WPL, taking the Orange Cap for most runs 347 (Ellyse Perry), Purple Cap for most wickets 13 and Emerging Player of the Tournament (both Shreyanka Patil).

The day after RCB lifted the WPL trophy, captain Smriti said a year of meticulous planning and strategising on and off the field led the team to ultimate glory. "The first thing, they were like, this is your team and build it the way you want to do it and set the culture. That was the biggest thing for me.

"And the second thing was that we really want to set a good culture in terms of, happy and positive stuff. So that was a big thing in terms of planning, how we want the team environment to be," Smriti said.

"Then the second bit of planning, where we started chalking down names, started tracking players, like Sophie Molineux was injured last year. So, we had to track her, whether she's doing fine, what's happening. (Coach) Luke (Williams) being from Australia really helped," she added.

Talking about the importance of the numerous training camps organised by RCB over the past year, the RCB skipper said, "One very good thing RCB did was they conducted several camps last year. Training camps, fitness camps, batting and bowling-specific camps, that was also part of our planning. Our plan was to give a platform to domestic cricketers so that they were completely ready for this level."

"Over the past one year we did a lot of video calls together. We had a group of our own Indian domestic girls and whenever they needed something we were all always there," she said. ‘Won All Our Hearts With the Campaign’, CSK Shares a Heartfelt Message for RCB’s Women’s Team After Successful WPL 2024 Triumph (View Post).

"So if you are working for a year, your job becomes easier when the season arrives. Once the season starts, it becomes a bit hard to put in that kind of work. So RCB worked on them for a year, and that really paid off a lot in terms of how they were confident,” concluded Smriti.

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