New Delhi. Smriti Mandhana has become the first woman cricketer in the world, whose name has been auctioned in the Women’s Premier League auction. India’s vice-captain Smriti Mandhana has been roped in by Virat Kohli’s franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore. India’s captain Harmanpreet Kaur’s name came second in the auction list. Like the auction list, she also lagged behind Smriti Mandhana in the race for the biggest bid. The players’ auction in the Women’s Premier League took place in Mumbai.
The auction of players in the women’s T20 league WPL (WPL Auction), which started on the lines of IPL, took place on Monday. The auction started with the name of Smriti Mandhana. The base price of Mandhana was Rs 50 lakh. Mumbai Indians put the first bid on him. But in the end Royal Challengers Bangalore won. Bangalore made a bid of Rs 3.40 crore on Smriti Mandhana.
Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur’s name came after Smriti Mandhana in the auction list of Women’s Premier League. Mumbai Indians, who started the bidding, came forward once again. And this time she not only came forward, but also joined hands by placing the biggest bid on Harmanpreet Kaur. Mumbai Indians bid Rs 1.80 crore on Harmanpreet Kaur.
The first set of WPL 2023 auction included the names of 7 players. Out of these 6 players got bid. Apart from Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana, these players include New Zealand’s Sophie Devine, England’s Sophia Eccleton, Australia’s Ashley Gardner and Ellyse Perry. No one bid on Hayley Mathews of West Indies included in the first set.
Australia’s all-rounder Ashley Gardner was bought by Gujarat Giants for Rs 3.20 crore. Alice Perry of Australia was taken by RCB for Rs 1.70 crore. England spinner Sophie Eccleton was bought by UP Warriors for 1.80 crores. New Zealand captain Sophie Devine was bought by RCB for a base price of Rs 50 crore.
First read breaking news in Hindi News18 Hindi| Read today’s latest news, live news updates, most reliable Hindi news website News18 Hindi.
Tags: Harmanpreet kaur, mumbai indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, smriti mandhana, Women’s Premier League
FIRST PUBLISHED : February 13, 2023, 15:08 IST