The countdown to the highly anticipated second season of the Women’s Premier League has begun, and excitement is building as teams prepare for the action-packed tournament. With just a few days left until the opening fixture, teams are gearing up to showcase their talent and compete for the prestigious title.
Our journey in the Women’s Premier League begins with a challenging encounter against the defending champions, the Mumbai Indians, scheduled for the 25th of February. It's a tough start, facing off against a team with a proven track record of success. However, we are determined to rise to the challenge and make a strong statement from the outset.
Following a demanding inaugural season, we have regrouped and strengthened our squad for the upcoming campaign. We have identified areas for improvement and worked tirelessly to address them, aiming to deliver a vastly improved performance this time around.
Let us take a closer look at some of the key players who will play pivotal roles in our quest for success:
Phoebe Litchfield: The talented Australian cricketer has been on roll since her debut in 2023, earning accolades for her exceptional performances. In the recently concluded India Women vs Australia Women ODI series, Phoebe emerged as the highest run-scorer, amassing an impressive 260 runs at an average of 86.66, including a magnificent century. Her remarkable achievements have earned her recognition as the ICC Women’s Emerging Player of the Year 2023.
Kashvee Gautam: The Indian sensation made history by becoming the first female cricketer to claim 10 wickets in a single innings in professional cricket, showcasing her exceptional bowling strength. From there to becoming the most expensive player in the Women’s Premier League, Kashvee's journey is a testament to her dedication and talent. Her ability to generate pace and movement makes her a formidable force in any bowling attack.
Beth Mooney: The Australian left-hander has established herself as one of the premier batters in the world, with a penchant for scoring runs consistently. Despite missing out most of last season's action due to injury, Beth is determined to make a strong comeback and contribute significantly to our team's success. Her ability to anchor the innings and accelerate when needed makes her a valuable asset to the team. She scored 439 runs in ODIs, 410 runs in T20Is and 191 runs in Tests in 2023 for which she was named in the ICC Women’s ODI and T20I teams of the year.
Laura Wolvaardt: As the captain of the South African women's team, Laura exudes class and elegance with her sublime batting technique. She enjoyed a prolific run in T20Is last year, scoring 586 runs in 19 matches, reaffirming her status as one of the best players in the world. Laura is poised to make a big impact for us this season.
Sneh Rana: The versatile Indian all-rounder played a crucial role in India's recent Test victory over Australia Women, showcasing her ability to deliver match-winning performances with both bat and ball. Her impressive display, which included a 4-wicket haul in the second innings, highlighted her importance to the team's success. Sneh's knack for making crucial contributions in crunch situations makes her a valuable asset to the squad.
Veda Krishnamurthy: The experienced Indian cricketer is back in action after a gap of three years, and will be eager to make her presence felt on the field. Known for her aggressive batting style and ability to accelerate the scoring rate, Veda brings a wealth of experience and firepower to our batting lineup. In her 48 Women’s ODIs, she has scored 829 runs and in 76 T20Is, she has scored 875 runs. She made her debut in 2011 and scored an impressive 50. It was in the 2017 Women’s World Cup where she impressed everyone with a fiery 70 in just 45 balls against New Zealand Women
Mannat Kashyap: The promising young talent from India has been making rapid strides in domestic cricket, earning plaudits for her impressive performances. Making her debut for the national team against Australia Women, Mannat has already showcased her potential at the highest level. Her ability to contribute with both bat and ball makes her a valuable asset to the team, and she showed her class in a Senior Inter Zonal One Day Trophy against East Zone where she picked up 4 wickets for 39 runs.
Tarannum Pathan: Tarannum Pathan has been a fine player for Gujarat in Women's cricket. Her remarkable achievements include being the highest wicket-taker for her state team and receiving an award from the BCA for being the first cricketer from Vadodara to pick up 100 wickets in domestic games. Tarannum's ability to consistently deliver match-winning performances with the ball makes her a formidable opponent for any batting lineup.