‘Can’t Wait to Cheer for Our Women in Red’: Virat Kohli Congratulates RCB for Acquiring WPL Franchise

Last Update: January 25, 2023, 20:36 IST

Virat Kohli congratulated RCB (Photo: iplt20.com)

Virat Kohli congratulated RCB (Photo: iplt20.com)

Former RCB captain Virat Kohli took to Instagram and congratulated the RCB family for being a part of the upcoming league

Former captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Virat Kohli Congratulations to the team owners – Royal Challengers Play Pvt Ltd – to acquire one of the five franchises for the inaugural Women’s Premier League (WPL) season. The BCCI on Wednesday confirmed all the five franchises that won the bid in the auction. Apart from RCB, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals are the two current IPL participants who are set to field their respective women’s teams.

Kohli took to Instagram and congratulated the RCB family for being a part of the upcoming league.

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Well played, RCB! So thrilled that my team has won the bid for the Bengaluru Women’s Premier League team. Can’t wait to cheer on our ladies in red and gold.” Kohli wrote on his Instagram.

The Diageo India-owned subsidiary, which runs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL, took over the team with a bid amount of Rs 901 crore. The group took to their social media handles to announce the development and introduce their new logo.

“Breaking down barriers, making history and playing adventure! Royal Challengers Bangalore is the proud owner of the Bengaluru Women’s Premier League team,” the franchise wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile, BCCI secretary Jay Shah called it a historic day in Indian women’s cricket.

“It is a historic day for women’s cricket. I welcome Adani Sportsline Pvt. Ltd., Indiawin Sports Pvt. Ltd., Royal Challengers Sports Pvt. Ltd., JSW GMR Cricket Pvt. Ltd. and Capri Global Holdings Pvt. Ltd. for the Women’s Premier League. The collective bid of INR 4669.99 crore shows that our stakeholders fully believe in the concept and believe in BCCI’s vision and plans for the league.

“I thank all the participants for their overwhelming response. I believe that with the record media rights valuation earlier and now with these high bids, the league will be a commercially independent and self-sustaining asset,” Shah told the BCCI. was quoted in the official release.

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Here are the five franchises that won the bids:

successful bidder City Amount in INR
Adani Sportsline Pvt. Ltd Ahmedabad 1289 crores
Indiawin Sports Pvt. Limited Mumbai 912.99 crores
Royal Challengers Sports Pvt. Ltd Bangalore 901 crore
JSW GMR Cricket Pvt. Ltd Delhi 810 crores
Capri Global Holding Pvt. Ltd Lucknow 757 crores

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