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The Women's Premier League is back for the 2nd season after a successful inaugural season in 2023. The teams were reshuffled a little in the WPL 2024 auction which took place in December 2023. With new changes, the 5 franchise teams are back to face each other one more time in this competitive T20 league for women cricketers.
The 2024 edition of the WPL will be held across 2 venues. The first leg of the season, 11 matches, will take place in Bengaluru and the remaining 11 will be held in Delhi including the final on 17th March 2024.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians will face 2023 runners-up Delhi Capitals in the season opener match on 23rd February 2024.
After our analysis, we are backing Mumbai Indians Women to win the WPL trophy again in 2024. They were confident enough with their squad and did not make big changes in the WPL auction.
Their strength lies in their line-up of quality all-rounders right from skipper Harmanpreet Kaur. She did not bowl in the first season but has 32 international wickets to her name in T20I.
England’s Nat Sciver-Brunt played a match-winning knock of 60 off 55 in the final match and won the player of the match award. She scored 332 runs and picked 10 wickets in 10 matches. She will be a key player for MI in the upcoming season. West Indies all-rounder Hayley Matthews won the Most Valuable Player award last season. She won the purple cap for taking 16 wickets and scored 271 runs at a strike rate of 126.04.
New Zealand’s Amelia Kerr was also impressive in the last season. She scored 149 runs at a strike rate of 133.03 and picked 15 wickets at an impressive average of 14.06.
The lethal combination of these all-rounders along with other remarkable talent like Yastika Bhatia, Issy Wong, Shabnim Ismail, Chloe Tryon, Pooja Vastrakar and Amandeep Kaur in the bowling and batting line-up are going to be a difficult side to beat.
2023 Result: Runner-up
Captain: Meg Lanning
Key Players: Meg Lanning, Shafali Varma, Shikha Pandey, Jess Jonassen, Marizanne Kapp
Delhi Capitals Women were brilliant in the inaugural season of the Women’s Premier League in 2023. They finished at the top of the points table with 6 wins in 8 matches. With this performance they advanced straight to the finals but lost to Mumbai Indians Women.
We are backing Meg Lanning and Shafali Varma as the top players in the DC batting line-up. Aussie batter Lanning finished as the highest run scorer of the season in 2023, smashing 345 runs in 9 matches at 139.11 strike rate. Indian batsman Shafali Varma scored 252 runs at an aggressive strike rate of 185.29.
In the bowling department, India’s Shikha Pandey and Australia’s Jess Jonassen will be our top picks for this season. Shikha was the leading wicket taker of DC-W bagging 10 wickets at an average of 21.1. Jonassen tied with all-rounder Marizanne Kapp at 9 wickets in 9 matches. Marizanne also scored 177 runs at an average of 44.25.
Alice Capsey, Annabel Sutherland, Arundhati Reddy, Jemimah Rodrigues, Jess Jonassen, Laura Harris, Shafali Verma, Radha Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Marizanne Kapp, Sneha Deepthi, Poonam Yadav, Meg Lanning (c), Minnu Mani, Taniya Bhatia, Titas Sadhu, Aparna Mondal, Ashwani Kumari
2023 Result: Winner
Captain: Harmanpreet Kaur
Key Players: Nat Sciver-Brunt, Harmanpreet Kaur, Hayley Matthews, Issy Wong, Amelia Kerr
Mumbai Indians Women team lifted the trophy in the first ever edition of the Women’s Premier League under the captaincy of Harmanpreet Kaur. They finished at the 2nd spot on the points table with 6 wins in 8 matches and then won the eliminator match against UP Warriorz before defeating Delhi Capitals in the final match.
What worked for Mumbai Indians is the combination of quality all-rounders. In the first season, MI’s Hayley Matthews won the Most Valuable Player award for scoring 271 runs and picking 16 wickets in 10 matches. She was the highest wicket taker of the season and won the purple cap for it. Another key player in the bowling line-up will be Issy Wong who impressed everyone in the first season. In 10 matches, Wong picked 15 wickets at a strike rate of 13.0.
Coming to the batting department, we have England’s Nat Sciver-Brunt and Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur as the top players. Sciver-Brunt was the leading run scorer of the last season with 332 runs in 10 matches at an impressive average of 66.4. She displayed all-round performance by picking 10 wickets as well. Harmanpreet scored 281 runs in 9 innings at a strike rate of 135.09.
Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Amelia Kerr, Pooja Vastrakar, Yastika Bhatia, Amanjot Kaur, Saika Ishaque, Hayley Matthews, Chloe Tryon, Humaira Kazi, Issy Wong, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Jintimani Kalita, Priyanka Bala, Shabnim Ismail, Sajeevan Sajana, Amandeep Kaur, Fatima Zafar
2023 Result: 3rd position
Captain: Alyssa Healy
Key Players: Tahlia McGrath, Grace Harris, Sophie Ecclestone, Deepti Sharma, Danni Wyatt, Chamari Athapaththu
UP Warriorz had a good outing in the inaugural season of the WPL T20 league. They finished at the 3rd spot on the points table with 4 wins in 8 matches and advanced to the playoffs. They lost to Mumbai Indians in the eliminator match.
Australian players Tahlia McGrath and Grace Harris are the top-picks from the UPW batting line-up. McGrath was the highest run scorer of the team in 2023 with 302 runs in 8 innings at an average of 50.33 while Harris smashed 230 runs in just 5 innings at an aggressive strike rate of 165.46. They both will be joined by England batter Danni Wyatt for the upcoming season and this will be her debut in the WPL. Wyatt has scored more than 2500 runs in the T20Is.
Bowling was not one of the strengths of UP Warriorz in the first season. England bowler Sophie Ecclestone was the highest wicket taker with 16 wickets in 9 matches while no other player could even reach 10 wickets. Indian bowler Deepti Sharma managed to pick 9 wickets in 9 matches which was a decent performance.
UP Warriorz have also roped in Sri Lankan captain Chamari Athapaththu as a replacement for England’s Lauren Bell. She had a good year in 2023 along with her impressive performance at the Women’s Big Bash League 2023. In 122 T20Is, she has scored 2651 runs and picked 40 wickets.
Alyssa Healy (c), Chamari Athapaththu, Sophie Ecclestone, Deepti Sharma, Tahlia McGrath, Anjali Sarvani, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Parshavi Chopra, Shweta Sehrawat, Soppadhandi Yashasri, Kiran Navgire, Grace Harris, Laxmi Yadav, Vrinda Dinesh, Danni Wyatt, Poonam Khemnar, Saima Thakor, Gouher Sultana
2023 Result: 4th position
Captain: Smriti Mandhana
Key Players: Ellyse Perry, Sophie Devine, Kate Cross, Ekta Bisht
RCB Women signed Smriti Mandhana for a staggering price of INR 3.40 crore in the first season of WPL. There were big expectations from this team after securing big names like Ellyse Perry, Heather Knight, Sophie Devine, Richa Ghosh but it all went in vain for them as the team failed to advance to the playoffs. They were at the 4th spot on the table with 2 wins in 8 matches.
Ellyse Perry and Sophie Devine will be our top players from the RCB batting unit. Perry scored 253 runs in 8 matches last season at an average of 42.16. Sophie Devine was the highest run scorer of the season with 266 runs scored at an aggressive strike rate of 172.72.
RCB was not that impressive with the ball in the WPL 2023 edition. They have roped in new players in the latest auction to strengthen their bowling line-up. We are backing Kate Cross and Ekta Bisht from their new signings as the top-picks for the bowling unit of RCB women. Bisht has played 42 T20Is in which she has picked 53 wickets at an average of 14.71. England bowler Kate Cross has played various international matches and leagues and we are expecting a season from her at RCB Women camp.
Georgia Wareham, Smriti Mandhana (c), Sophie Devine, Ellyse Perry, Renuka Singh, Richa Ghosh, Indrani Roy, Shreyanka Patil, Kanika Ahuja, Nadine de Klerk, Ekta Bisht, Kate Cross, Shubha Satheesh, Sabbhineni Meghana, Simran Bahadur, Sophie Molineux
2023 Result: 6th position
Captain: Beth Mooney
Key Players: Ashleigh Gardner, Phoebe Litchfield, Sneh Rana, Lea Tahuhu, Kathryn Bryce
Gujarat Giants had a poor outing in the last season as they finished at the bottom of the points table with just 2 wins in 8 matches. Captain Beth Mooney got injured in the 1st match and she got ruled out of the rest of the season. In her absence, Sneh Rana led the team throughout the season.
Ashleigh Gardner was a stand-out player for Gujarat Giants in the first season. She was the highest run scorer with 204 runs in 8 matches at 141.66 strike rate. Gardner was also the 2nd highest wicket taker with 10 wickets in 8 matches. 20-year-old Australian batter Phoebe Litchfield has been roped in by the Giants for the next season. She will be a key batter for them along with Gardner. In 11 T20Is, Litchfield has an average of 37.80 and strike rate of 170.27.
In the bowling department, Gujarat Giants will have Sneh Rana and Lea Tahuhu as the key players. Lea Tahuhu has replaced Lauren Cheatle and we are backing her as a key bowler this season. She has picked 78 wickets in 80 T20Is. Sneh Rana took 6 wickets in 7 innings last season.
Beth Mooney (c), Ashleigh Gardner, Harleen Deol, Dayalan Hemalatha, Laura Wolvaardt, Sneh Rana, Tanuja Kanwar, Shabnam Shakil, Meghna Singh, Phoebe Litchfield, Trisha Poojitha, Sayali Satghare, Priya Mishra, Kathryn Bryce, Mannat Kashyap, Veda Krishnamurthy, Tarannum Pathan, Lea Tahuhu
|Board of Control for Cricket in India
|Double round-robin and playoffs
|23 February 2024 - 17 March 2024
After the huge success of the inaugural season, Women’s Premier League is back for another thrilling season. The 2nd season of the WPL league is set to take place in February-March this year. Mumbai Indians Women are the defending champions after winning the title in the inaugural season of the WPL. The new season will take place at new venues with the same number of matches as the last season.
We have seen various changes in the team squads after the WPL auction 2024 which took place in December 2023. Indian domestic player Kashvee Gautam and Australian all-rounder Annabel Sutherland ended up as the most expensive picks of the auction at INR 2 crore for each. Sutherland goes to Delhi Capitals while Kashvee Gautam was roped in by Gujarat Giants.
Unlike the first season which took place at 2 venues in Mumbai, WPL 2024 edition is slated to take place across 2 different venues in 2 different cities. A total of 22 matches will take place with the first 11 matches scheduled to take place at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru and remaining 11 games will be held at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.
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