IPL vs WPL: While IPL 2023 is about to start, WPL is nearing its end. The last league match of the Women’s Premier League is being played today and after that there will be playoff matches after a gap of one day. Though the top three teams have been decided, the race for the number one spot is now on between the teams. Whichever team will top the points table will directly enter the finals. There will be a match between the second and third placed team, the team that wins this match will face the number one team in the final. Meanwhile, the journey of RCB i.e. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s WPL has come to an end. The team’s last match is against Mumbai Indians today. But you will be surprised to know that in the first season of IPL i.e. 2008 and the first season of WPL i.e. 2023, there has been such a coincidence, which you might not know, so let’s talk about it today.
The first season of WPL went very badly for RCB
When the auction took place for WPL and all the players were bid, after that a buzz was created on social media and it was said that RCB is the strongest team in Women’s Premier League. This team may not have won the title even once in IPL, but in WPL this team will surely win the title. But when the WPL started, the team kept on losing. The fans kept waiting for the victory, but the defeat was such that it was not even taking the name of leaving. Five consecutive defeats came in the team’s account one after the other. After that there were victories and that too two in a row, but by then it was too late. After this, the rest of the teams made up for it by winning their respective matches and the team got eliminated from the top 3 race. RCB also made Smriti Mandhana as its captain, who is currently considered the star player of Team India. His bat didn’t even work in a single match. Smriti Mandhana, who played one to one innings for Team India, could not score a single half-century here. Similar was the condition of Virat Kohli in the first season of IPL. The only difference is that Smriti Mandhana is the captain of her team this time, but Virat Kohli was not the captain in the first season.
Such were the figures in the first season of Virat Kohli and Smriti Mandhana
Let us now look at some figures. Virat Kohli scored only 165 runs in 12 innings of his 13 matches in his first IPL ie 2008. Not even a single half-century came from his bat and his average also remained around 15. He was not even in the top 30 in the list of players who scored the most runs that year. His number was 38th. Something similar has happened to Smriti Mandhana as well. Smriti Mandhana has scored only 135 runs in the eight matches she has played in the Women’s IPL this year. Smriti Mandhana has also not scored a single half-century and if we talk about the average, it is close to 15. That is, his game has proved to be a complete flop. However, there are still many matches left and it will be interesting to see which team manages to win the first season of WPL.