The inaugural season of the Women’s Premier League (WPL 2023) is about to start and we will see some of the fine players across the world in this league. This is the first time that the Women’s IPL is going to hold after a lot of talk about this league by the then BCCI president Saurav Ganguly. There is a lot of demand for this league as well after the Indian women’s team has been doing well for quite a few years.
Finally, the WPL 2023 is ready to be played from March 4 with 5 teams set to participate in the league. The 5 teams in this league are Delhi Capitals, UP Warriorz, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, and Gujarat Giants.
According to WPL 2023 schedule, the last game will be played on March 26. Today, we will talk about the WPL top 5 batters to watch out for in the tournament. We will only talk about the top 5 Indian batters to look for in WPL 2023. Let’s see the list.
Top 5 Indian batters to watch out for in WPL 2023
(1) Harmanpreet Kaur
The Indian women’s cricket team’s skipper will be the one to watch out for in the WPL 2023. She has been in good form as she played a fine knock in the semi-final of the ICC T20 World Cup against Australia. Unfortunately, she didn’t get the team home in that match. But she is a fine batter and a hard hitter of the cricket ball.
When she plays, it is a treat to watch. She was sold to Mumbai Indians (MI) for Rs. 1.8 crore in the WPL auction. She will have a responsibility to take the team forward and his experience will be vital for the team.
She will also lead the Mumbai Indians in the first season of the WPL.
(2) Smriti Mandhana
Smriti Mandhana becomes the most expensive player in the WPL 2023 auction. The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) franchise for INR 3.4 crore. Her performances in international cricket make her the most expensive buy in the WPL 2023 auction.
The stylish left-hander has made 2802 runs with 22 fifties in 116 games at a strike rate of almost 124. In the recently concluded ICC Women’s T20 World Cup also, she was the highest run scorer for Team India in the tournament. She hit 151 runs with an outstanding strike rate of 138.53 in four games.
Smriti will also lead the side in the inaugural tournament and the players like Ellyse Perry, Richa Ghosh, and Dan Van Niekerk will play under her leadership.
She is one of the best batters in world cricket and will look to justify her price tag.
(3) Jemimah Rodrigues
The Indian batter has done well in the recently concluded ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa. She made 129 runs in five games with a mind-boggling strike rate of 136.
Jemimah also has done well in league cricket. She has played in The Hundred and in the 7th edition of WBBL and has done well. The right-hander was the second-highest run-scorer for Melbourne Renegades with 333 runs in 13 games with a strike rate of 116.
Jemimah Rodrigues was bought by Delhi Capitals for a whopping INR 2.2 crore. The other franchises like UP Warriorz and Mumbai Indians had also gone for her in the WPL 2023 auction, but the Delhi franchise fetched her and won that bid.
She has been made deputy of Meg Lanning, who will lead the side in the tournament.
(4) Richa Ghosh
Along with Smriti Mandhana, Richa Ghosh will play for RCB in the WPL 2023. She has been in great form recently with 136 runs in five games in the T20 WC 2023 in SA. Richa finished the competition as Team India’s second-highest run scorer.
She has an amazing match-finishing skills as we saw in the game against Pakistan in the T20 WC. She also adds value to the team with her wicket-keeping skills as well.
DC also went for her in the auction, but RCB bought her for INR 1.9 crore. The young 19 years old sensation will look to make the most of this opportunity.
(5) Shafali Verma
One of the most intimidating openers in world cricket right now. For INR 2 crore, Delhi Capitals acquired Shafali Verma
Most probably, she will open the inning for DC just like she has been doing for Team India. She will be the one to look for in the WPL 2023.
So these are the top 5 Indian batters to watch out for in the WPL 2023. We have picked these 5 players according to their performances recently. There are some other star players as well who can do well.
Who according to you will do well in the first season of the WPL?
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