Royal Challengers Bangalore ran through a terrible defeat at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders in the second leg of the IPL 2021. Earlier, RCB were placed third in the first leg of the tournament. The second leg resumed in the United Arab Emirates.
RCB took on KKR in Abu Dhabi. The two-time IPL champions ripped through the defence of RCB’s batting unit. As a result, Virat Kohli-led RCB were bowled out for 92. RCB’s terrible batting performance invited meme-fest across social media channels.
Kolkata Knight Riders easily chased down the target by 9 wickets. While RCB made the headlines for their humiliating loss, there was something else that caught the attention of the cricket fraternity. RCB paceman Kyle Jamieson made the headlines for flirting with the team’s massage therapist.
When the RCB were reeling at 53/4, the cameraman highlighted the dugout where Jamieson was sitting all padded up as he was expected to come in at no. 8. At that time, the New Zealand international was seen smiling and looking at Navnita Gautam, in the dugout.
All you need to know about Navnita Gautam
As soon as the cameraman panned Kyle Jamieson smiling at the therapist continuously, the video went viral on the internet. Meanwhile, fans wanted to know more about Navnita. In fact, she was born on April 11 in 1992. She is Canadian and was born in Vancouver.
She joined RCB as a sports massage therapist in IPL 2019 season. She was also the first and only female to be a part of the support staff of any of the 8 IPL franchises.
Talking about her previous experience, she plied her trade with the Toronto Nationals team in the Global T20 Canada. Moreover, the 29-year-old worked as a support staff member for the Indian Women’s Basketball Team during their Asia Cup campaign.
Two years ago, Navnita Gautam was asked if she had any worries about being the only woman to be part of the support staff in RCB. To which, she came up with a straightforward answer. “Absolutely not. It’s like having 20 brothers around at all times.
Slowly but surely, the transition is happening. I believe that as long as the players and support staff trust your work, gender shouldn’t be an issue as we are all healthcare professionals.”