The Women’s Premier League (WPL 2024) auctions concluded on the 9th of December amidst much fanfare. players across different nations found themselves thick in action as the franchises intensely bid ahead of the second edition of the Women’s Premier League.
Here are the uncapped players to watch out for in the WPL 2024:
- Vrinda Dinesh (UP Warriorz)
The brightest star from Karnataka’s stable, Vrinda Dinesh is a mainstay in any batting lineup she is a part of. Snapped by the UP Warriorz for a sum of Rs. 1.3 Crores, the batter possesses a fine skill set and a repertoire of batting that sets her apart.
Having showcased her prowess representing India at the Emerging Asia Cup and Karnataka in the domestic competitions, she is a fine pick and the UP Warriorz will benefit massively from her presence.
- Saima Thakor (UP Warriorz)
One of the best pacers emerging from the Mumbai set-up, Saima Thakor has been an emerging star. Her spells with Sayali Satghare are the stuff of dreams to witness as fans and nightmares for the batters.
Coming off of a successful Senior Women’s T20 Trophy 2023/24 as Mumbai ended up as the winner, she carried on her excellent form through the Senior Women’s Inter Zonal T20 Trophy 2023/24. Scalped by UP Warriorz for her base price of Rs. 10 Lakhs, her presence bolsters the bowling attack.
- Tarannum Pathan (Gujarat Giants)
Another unheralded star from Gujarat, she had been a consistent performer for Baroda before she decided to switch alliances and prolong her career. One of the highest wicket-takers in the domestic circuit, she has taken over 200+ wickets playing for Gujarat and now plays her trade for Goa.
Purchased for Rs. 10 Lakhs by Gujarat Giants for WPL 2024, Tarannum Pathan seems to have finally gotten the much-needed limelight which was a pleasant surprise.
- Fatima Jaffer (Mumbai Indians)
Often referred to as the niece of the domestic male cricketer Wasim Jaffer, Fatima Jaffer is much more than what she is supposed to be known for. She has blossomed into one of the fastest bowlers of her generation and her right-arm seam bowling is a sight to behold, she has honed her skills to perfection under the mentorship of the cricket maestro.
Besides her pace, her versatile left-arm spin makes her a rare commodity. She also bats which offers a lot of balance to any side she is a part of and with Mumbai Indians’ knack of unearthing gems, watching her in full flow is an exciting prospect.
- Keerthana Balakrishnan (Mumbai Indians)
Another inspiring story of an underdog making it big in the WPL 2024 has to be that of Keethana Balakrishnan who became the first cricketer from Tamil Nadu to get picked to play for the Women’s Premier League. Making the purchase was Mumbai Indians, a franchise that seems to do their research on players beautifully. Under the guidance and support of TS Mukund, she developed as a classy wrist spinner who can bat and secure some crucial runs coming down the order.
Even the likes of Aparna Mondal and Ashwani Kumari who have been consistently making waves in domestic cricket and having been scalped by Delhi Capitals will look to make an impact right away.