In the Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2023 auction held in Mumbai on Monday, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) secured the services of star opener Smriti Mandhana for INR 3.4 crore. Initially, the bidding for Mandhana started at her base price of INR 50 lakh, leading to an intense competition between RCB and Mumbai Indians (MI). In the end, RCB emerged victorious and won the bid for the left-handed batter.
Smriti Mandhana is considered one of the finest female cricketers. She not only attracts attention with her exceptional talent with the bat, but also with her stunning appearance. Rather than attempting to overpower the ball, she adopts a graceful approach, elegantly extending her body and softly touching the ball, all the while preserving her proper form.
Smriti Mandhana, a left-handed batter, is renowned for her incredible shot-making abilities, showcasing her unique flair and style. Her proficiency in playing both fast and slow bowlers has earned her a reputation as one of the best batters in the world. In the same auction, the Mumbai Indians successfully acquired the services of Indian skipper, Harmanpreet Kaur, for INR 1.8 crore. Mumbai was determined to secure Kaur’s services and left no opportunity untaken in the bidding process.
The Delhi Capitals entered the bidding war against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, as they raised the bid to INR 1.10 crore, after RCB had initiated the bidding process. Despite the fierce competition, Mumbai Indians ultimately secured the services of the Indian skipper, Harmanpreet Kaur. Known for her powerful batting and natural swing, Kaur is considered one of the most formidable batters in women’s cricket. When at her best, she is capable of causing chaos on the field, leaving opponents in a state of apprehension.
When the Indian skipper, Harmanpreet Kaur, is in form, she has the ability to scoop the ball, launch it to the leg side, and hit powerful slog sweeps against fast bowlers. When she is at her best, she is a force to be reckoned with and can be difficult to stop even for the strongest bowling attacks in women’s cricket. The inaugural Women’s Premier League (WPL) auction saw a total of 1,525 players register, with the final list being narrowed down to 409 players.
The first edition of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) is set to take place in Mumbai from March 4th to 26th, with games to be held at two venues in the city. The player auction for the league will be held on February 13th.