WPL auction 2023: Smriti Mandhana and Ash Gardner bag highest prices

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    The very fast WPL auction has wrapped up with five franchises bagging Rs. 59.5 crores on 87 players. Royal Challengers Bangalore paid a mammoth Rs. 3.4 crores for Smriti Mandhana, making her the highest-paid woman cricketer. There are a lot more interesting actions that took place in the inaugural auction ceremony. Let’s find out! 

    Smriti Mandhana highest paid woman cricketer; Ashleigh Gardner highest paid overseas player

    Smriti Mandhana became the most expensive woman player, making it celebratory news among her fans. Gujarat Giants offered Rs. 3.2 crores for Ashleigh Gardner, which also marks her as the most expensive foreign player. 

    The opening WPL auction ceremony also saw some economic buys. MI shelled out Rs. 1.8 crores to pick up the Indian women’s team captain Harmanpreet Kaur. RCB paid Rs. 18 crores, too, to buy Ellyse Pyre. 

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    Here are the top five buys from the inaugural WPL auction. 

    1: Smriti Mandhana (3.4 crores, RCB)

    2: Ashleigh Gardner (3.2 crores, GG)

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    3: Nat Sciver (3.2 crores, MI)

    4: Deepti Sharma (2.6 crores, UPW)

    5: Jemimah Rodrigues (2.2 crores, DC) 

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    Overall, out of the 87 auctioned players, 20 managed to cross the one crore price tag. Under-19 World Cup winners Shefali Verma and Richa Ghosh landed great rates. Verma went to DC for Rs. 2 crores, and RCB bought Richa Ghosh for Rs. 1.9 crores. 

    The complete list of teams

    Here is the complete list of teams participating in the WPL. 

    • Mumbai Indians
    • Royal Challengers Bangalore
    • Delhi Capitals
    • Gujarat Giants
    • UP Warriors 

    After much anticipation, the Women’s Premiere League is here. It’ll be interesting to watch how the queens take on the exciting event and treat their fans with marvelous performances!

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