India Women’s National Cricket Team vice-captain Smriti Mandhana was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for a whopping INR 3.40 crore at the inaugural Women’s Premier League (WPL) auction.
The auction for the inaugural edition of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) is currently underway at the Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai. In total, a whopping 1525 cricketers from all across the globe registered for the WPL auction. Among those 409 were shortlisted to go under the hammer on February, 13.
Among 409 cricketers, who are set to go under the hammer, 246 are from India and 163 are from overseas, of which 8 are from associate nations. Also, there are a total of 202 capped players, 199 uncapped players and 8 players from associate nations.
Meanwhile, a maximum of 90 players can be acquired by the teams at the WPL auction, including 30 overseas players.
RCB Acquire Smriti Mandhana For INR 3.40 Crore
The 26-year-old India Women’s National Cricket Team left-handed opening batsman Smriti Mandhana is regarded as one of the best batters in the world.
Smriti Mandhana was among 24 players in the INR 50 lakh bracket for the Women’s Premier League (WPL) auction. She became the first-ever player to go under the hammer at the WPL auction.
Mumbai Indians started the bid for Smriti Mandhana for her base price and soon Royal Challengers Bangalore joined the bidding war. RCB and MI were engaged in an intense bidding war for the star batter and her price went past INR 2 crore in no time.
Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians raised Smriti Mandhana’s price to INR 2.20 crore and RCB thought for a while before raising the paddle again. Then, the bid went past INR 3 crore and in the end, Mumbai Indians failed to acquire the services of the star batter.
Royal Challengers Bangalore managed to acquire Smriti Mandhana for a whopping INR 3.40 crore. Notably, they spent 28.33% of their budget at the WPL auction to acquire Smriti Mandhana.
Meanwhile, the Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2023 is all set to be played between March 4 and 26. Also, the matches will be played across two venues – Brabourne Stadium and DY Patil Stadium – in Mumbai. A total of 22 games will be played in the inaugural edition of the Women’s Premier League.