Ellyse Perry Stands By Smriti Mandhana Amid Criticism

image-lf3lqpg9Smriti Mandhana has failed to get going in WPL 2023 (Twitter)

In the wake of Royal Challengers Bangalore's fourth consecutive loss in the Women's Premier League against UP Warriorz Women, Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry has thrown her support behind team captain Smriti Mandhana.

The Aussie veteran asserted that Mandhana, who is known for her sense of responsibility and pride in her game, is likely feeling immense pressure to perform well for her team. 

She recognised the enormity of the task that the Indian opener faces, attempting to lead a group of players she has only recently met.

“Knowing Smriti and how proud and responsible she is for her own game, there’s probably no more pressure on her than what she is putting on herself. It’s a ginormous task to come into a brand new competition and play with a group of players that she has never played with before,” said Perry after RCB’s 10 wicket loss.

The seasoned all-rounder further described Mandhana as a great captain, who merely needs time to find her footing in the tournament. 

According to the 32-year-old, this phase will serve as a learning opportunity for the left-handed opener, enabling her to hone her skills as both a captain and batter.

“I think she’s a great captain too. She just needs a chance to find her feet in the tournament and she will no doubt,” added the Australian all-rounder.

Perry also predicted that this experience will only lead to a stronger and more refined version of Mandhana in the future. The Australian concluded by emphasising that the southpaw is still a young player with a bright future ahead of her.

RCB, placed at the bottom in the standings, will take on Delhi Capitals in their fifth group-stage fixture on Monday.