The Women’s Premier League (WPL 2023), which will begin in March 2023, would put an end to India’s long wait for a women’s franchise cricket league. Fans and analysts have long called for this expansion of the ecosystem, highlighting the opportunities it can present for both the existing stars of the game and the nation’s up-and-coming talent.
While only five clubs will compete in the first few iterations of the tournament, fewer players will have the opportunity to play in the league, the franchises acquired some promising young talent at the WPL players auction on February 13. Despite the fact that the majority of these players are from India’s U19 T20 World Cup-winning team, there are a few more who got the scouts’ eye.
Let’s have a look at the most significant ones from the Under 19s who made it to the WPL 2023 squads:
The talk of the town has been about the Indian U19 champion for the right reasons. The UP Warriorz squad paid a whopping 40 lakhs to acquire her. She was crucial to India’s success in the U19 campaign, scoring 297 runs in seven games at a 140-strike rate to become the tournament’s leading run-scorer. She was a smart investment for the team with her cunning off-spin and will undoubtedly leave her mark on the WPL’s inaugural season.
While players like Shweta Sehrawat, Shafali Verma, Titas Sadhu, and Richa Ghosh are frequently the focus of the triumphant U19 squad, Parshavi Chopra was one of the most famous names chosen for a respectable 10 Lakhs in the auction. She finished as the second-highest wicket-taker with 11 wickets taken at a great economy rate of 3.66; she had a memorable campaign and undoubtedly caught the attention of talent scouts.
The Mumbai Indians en-cashed 10 lakhs to acquire Sonam Yadav, a slow left-handed orthodox from Uttar Pradesh. Yadav, who is only 15 years old, has been causing a stir with her bowling skills in the local circuit. She has played for Uttar Pradesh on the domestic level and along with showcasing herself in the Under-19 World Cup, where she made a strong impression on spectators by picking up five wickets, including the crucial one of Australia’s Ella Hayward.
The Delhi Capitals selected Sadhu, the star of India’s U19 T20 World Cup victory, for Rs 25 lakhs. The lanky fast bowler received coaching from the experienced pacer early in her career and is already being hailed as a potential successor to the legendary Jhulan Goswami. For her outstanding 2-for-6 figure in the World Cup Final, Sadhu was named Player of the Match, too. Although she might have discovered cricket by accident, but her heart-throbbing performance in South Africa earned her a spot in the first Women’s Premier League.
The Gujarat Giants selected the pacer from the Indian U19 T20 World Cup Team for Rs 10 lakhs. Shabnam, a native of Vizag, continued the fast-bowling all-rounder tradition started by her father. Although playing in just two World Cup games for India, she was successful in winning the WPL auction thanks to her accurate yorkers and bouncers. She has participated in the Vizag Premier League as well and admires Jhulan Goswami and Shabnim Ismail.
Another U19 T20 World Cup star quickly found a squad – UP Warriorz – indicating the WPL teams were eager to secure the young Indian speed talent. Yashasri was chosen by the team owned by Capri Global for her base pay of Rs. 10 lakhs. The young player from Hyderabad played in the World Cup match versus Scotland. She didn’t even anticipate being chosen in the auction, according to Telangana Today, but she was overjoyed to get the news.
Gala had already made a name for herself on the domestic scene when she was chosen for the Indian U19 T20 World Cup team. When playing for the Mumbai senior team, Gala had taken the crucial wickets of Deepti Sharma and Shafali Verma, earlier. Sadly, she was hurt before she could participate in the event. The pacer was still given the opportunity to compete in the first WPL as the Gujarat Giants bought her for Rs 10 lakhs.