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WPL 2024: Who is Sayali Satghare? 5 Interesting Facts About Gujarat Giants’ New Player

The most expensive uncapped Indian player of WPL 2024, Kashvee Gautam, has been ruled out of the upcoming second edition owing to an injury. The Gujarat Giants, who had secured the services of Kashvee for ₹2 crore have named Mumbai’s Sayali Satghare as a replacement at a reserve price of ₹10 lakhs. Hailing from Mumbai, the 23-year-old Sayali Sathgare was unsold at the 2023 auction, making the upcoming edition her first season in the WPL.

The Gujarat Giants, who finished at the bottom of the points table last year, recorded only two wins in eight games. However, Australian batter Beth Mooney will return to lead the team after a short campaign last season due to injury. While Kashvee’s loss could negatively impact the Giants’ season, Sayali’s addition could potentially mitigate the impact.

With the WPL 2024 season set to commence on February 23, here are five interesting facts about the Gujarat Giants’ newest signing, Sayali Satghare:

1. Sayali Satghare is a highly skilled all-rounder who excels in pace-bowling

Sayali Satghare, a bowling all-rounder, has made significant T20 numbers for Mumbai and West Zone women’s side in domestic and junior competitions.

The youngster has taken 18 wickets in 25 games, with an average of 20.22 and an economy rate of under 5.20 per over. She has consistently been effective with the bat, averaging nearly 19 at a strike rate of 114.11.

The numbers highlight why the 23-year-old could be deemed the ideal replacement for Kashvee Gautam in the Gujarat Giants squad for WPL 2024.

2. Key member of the Mumbai team that won the 2023 Senior Women’s T20 Trophy

Mumbai has consistently been the most dominant state in both Men’s and Women’s cricket at various domestic levels. Recently, Sayali Satgare did their reputation no harm by helping them win the title in the 2023 Senior Women’s T20 Trophy.

Sayali, alongside other Indian senior side stars like Jemimah Rodrigues, Richa Ghosh, Deepti Sharma, and Saskika Ishaque, demonstrated her economical bowling skills in matches. The 23-year-old produced figures of 1/27 and 1/22 in the quarter-final and semi-final to help Mumbai advance to the grand finale.

She scored valuable runs in a low-scoring match against Uttarakhand, allowing only 16 runs in her three overs. Chasing 85 for victory, Mumbai was reduced to 66/4 when she scored 10* off 12 deliveries to calm the nerves and help the side clinch the title.

Sayali finished as the eighth leading wicket-taker in the tournament claiming seven wickets in eight games at an average of 22.86 and a remarkable economy of 5.93.

3. Seven-wicket haul in the 2021 Women’s Senior One-Day Trophy

Sayali Satghare’s memorable bowling performance in the 2021 Women’s Senior One-Day Trophy was a standout in the field of women’s cricket. 

The youngster, playing for Mumbai, picked up seven wickets in their third Group D match against Nagaland. Sayali had final figures of 7/5 in 8.4 overs with four maidens to help dismantle Nagaland for 17 all-out.

The innings saw six batters dismissed for a duck as Mumbai chased the target in a mere four balls to regain their momentum after a previous defeat.

4. Assisted West Zone to reach the final of the 2023–24 Women’s Senior Inter Zonal T20

Sayali Satghare continued her impressive performance for the West Zone in the 2023–24 Women’s Senior Inter Zonal T20 tournament.

Her relentless consistency with the ball helped the team finish in the top two of the six-team race and qualify for the final. Sayali achieved an impressive 4/11 in four overs in a washed-out match against the North Zone.

Unfortunately, the summit clash against East Zone was abandoned due to rain, resulting in East Zone being awarded winners by finishing on top of the points table. Nevertheless, the 23-year-old finished as the eighth-leading wicket-taker with six scalps in five games, showcasing an impressive economy of under five runs per over.

5. Figures of 6/2 for Mumbai in 2018-19 Under-19 Women’s T20 League

Sayali Satghare, known for creating unique bowling figures, showcased her skills at the Under-19 level in 2018. 

The youngster, who played for Mumbai in the 2019-19 U-19 Women’s T20 League, showcased a masterclass in bowling against Manipur. Defending 184, Sayali finished with stunning figures of 6/2 in three overs with two maidens to help bowl Manipur out for a paltry nine runs.

It was their final game of the competition, where Sayali finished with 11 wickets in six outings.

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