The Women’s Premier League (WPL 2024) auction witnessed 165 players go under the hammer with 30 players- 21 Indian players and 9 overseas players getting purchased by the five franchises.
With unbelievable purchases to surprise picks, we have curated a list of the top five picks at the WPL 2024 Auctions!
- Phoebe Litchfield (Gujarat Giants)
The Aussie batter, Phoebe Litchfield, was the first name to go under the hammer in the auctions. With a year to remember with the Southern Stars, the left-handed 20-year-old batter has been a breakout star and the WPL auctions proved to be no different.
Snapped up for Gujarat Giants for a sum of Rs. 1 Crore for WPL 2024, her value in the batting department will be crucial and this season of the WPL will be a massive learning curve for the youngster.
- Annabel Sutherland (Delhi Capitals)
One of the most sought-after emerging all-rounders in world cricket, Annabel Sutherland has etched her name in cricketing folklore for the right reasons. Released by Gujarat Giants ahead of the season, the budding cricketer had a point or two to prove. Coming off of a good season with the Melbourne Stars in the WPL and consistent performances with Australia, she was acquired by the Delhi Capitals amidst a fierce bidding war for Rs. 2 Crores.
- Kashvee Gautam (Gujarat Giants)
Bagging the distinction of being the most expensive uncapped player in the WPL, Kashvee Gautam was bought by Gujarat Giants for Rs. 2 Crores. A right-arm pacer who has been impressive through age-group cricket, she worked on improving her skills gradually after she went unsold in last year’s WPL.
Her performances have been reeking with consistency and accuracy in domestic cricket and playing for India in the U-23 Emerging Asia Cup, her trajectory has only been upward.
- Vrinda Dinesh (UP Warriorz)
One of the batting mainstays for Karnataka, Vrinda Dinesh is a story of resilience and determination. Initially not chosen for the U23 Emerging Asia Cup, she was selected to replace an injured player and the rest as they say is history.
She not only contributed to the success and glory of India but has also been piling on the runs in domestic cricket across the Senior Women’s T20 Trophy and the Inter-Zonal T20 Trophy with admirable ease contributing to the team’s cause. She was then acquired by the UP Warriorz for Rs. 1.3 Crores for WPL 2024 and will look to make a splash in her maiden season at the WPL.
- Sophie Molineux (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
The Australian Sophie Molineux had a rough couple of months being ruled out because of injury but her return to mainstream cricket a fantastic stint with the Birmingham Phoneix and WBBL has ensured that she not only made up for the lost time but was impactful in her return that has paid rich dividends.
Picked by the RCB for a base price of Rs. 10 Lakhs for WPL 2024, it will be interesting to see her operate in Indian conditions and pocket many wickets.