The WPL 2023 is expected to get underway. The BCCI has roped in the sponsors and the franchise and is even done with the auction. With that being said, the auction was one hell of a ride. There have been clips circulating on the web about how excited the women were about the WPL 2023 season. It was the first-ever auction for the WPL 2023, and it was a blast. Around 59.9 crore rupees were spent on the players, with Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma being some of the costliest Indian buys. Here is a look at the same:
Smriti Mandhana Sold to the Royal Challengers Bangalore in WPL 2023 Auction for 3.4 Crores:
Smriti Mandhana is sold to the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Bangalore has followed the strategy of making the best player in business the face of the team. She will also be leading the squad and will be opening for them. The price that she has bagged is well deserved. She will be keen on making RCB a brand in the WPL. There was an absolute bidding war to bag Smriti Mandhana. Several franchises were interested. RCB spent 50% of their purse on 3 players but they expect the move to pay off as they have chosen multi-dimensional players.
Ashleigh Gardner Sold to the Gujarat Giants for 3.2 Crores in the WPL 2023 Auction:
Ashleigh Gardner the Aussie has bagged the largest sum for an overseas player. She will be playing for the Gujarat Giants. If there is a home and away concept for the WPL 2023, Ashleigh will love to play on the Ahmedabad wicket which has a lot of paces and bounce on offer. It is more like an Australian wicket. The Giants spent 3.2 Crores on Ashleigh who is in the prime of her career and is a multi-dimensional player.
Natalie Sciver Sold to the Mumbai Indians for 3.2 Crores:
Natalie Sciver has signed up for the Mumbai Indians. Mumbai Indians have always been strategic about their picks and hence have very wisely chosen Nat Sciver. Sciver has been the face of the English women’s team for quite some time. She might be delighted to be associated with the most successful franchise in freelance cricket. Natalie Sciver holds the record for taking the first-ever hat trick as an English player. Sciver has also known for the “Natmeg” a shot in which she hits the ball between her legs.
Deepti Sharma Sold to the UP Warriors for 2.6 Crores:
The Indian girls stood shoulder to shoulder with the overseas ones. Deepti Sharma, the player who was recently in limelight just for playing according to the rules of the game has been picked by the UP Warriors for 2.6 crores. Coming from the humblest of backgrounds in real-life this is dream come true for Sharma. She is also a multi-dimensional player. The UP Warriors can make optimum use of their skills if they can bat at number 4 or 3.
Jemimah Rodrigues Sold to the Delhi Capitals for 2.2 Crores in WPL 2023 Auction:
Jemimah Rodrigues is living the dream. Just a year or two back, she had been dropped and was playing domestic hockey. This shows her love to play sports in general. Jemimah has always had potential since a very young age. She was the talk of the town when she was 19. And her numbers do justify the talk around her. She has been dominating the bowlers at the international level. She is expected to lead the Capitals in WPL 2023. They will be using her as a top-order batter. As the best of Jemimah can be obtained at number 3 or 4 but not below that.
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