The second ever Women’s Premier League auction proved to be a fruitful one for the Gujarat Giants, who procured the services of as many as 10 players on the day. The Giants went into the auction with the largest purse and the most slots to fill, and they ended up making plenty of fantastic acquisitions.
The Giants started the day by buying the first player on offer, the left-handed Australian opener Phoebe Litchfield, for 1 crore. This was followed by the likes of Meghna Singh, Trisha Poojitha, and Priya Mishra.
The Giants made headlines by signing the young and unheralded Kashvee Gautam for a whopping ₹2 crore. Gautam, a talented all-rounder from Punjab, gained attention after an outstanding performance in an Under-19 Women’s One-Day match, where she took an incredible 10 wickets, including a hat-trick.
The team also added Australian player Lauren Cheatle, a left-arm pacer who faced challenges due to injuries but made a strong comeback. She was the youngest woman to secure a contract for New South Wales and played in Australia's squad for the 2016 T20 World Cup in India.
Scotland's captain Kathryn Bryce, who has played numerous matches and led her team in various tournaments, became our next buy. The talented all-rounder is known to be a trailblazer for women’s associate cricket.
The Giants rounded out the auction by getting some moneyball picks such as the vastly experienced Veda Krishnamurthy, who went unsold in last year's WPL, at her base price. Additionally, the promising Under-19 World Cup-winning left-arm spinner Mannat Kashyap and seasoned pro Tarannum Pathan were added to complete the team's roster.
Gujarat Giants’ squad: Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Laura Wolvaardt, Dayalan Hemalatha, Harleen Deol, Sneh Rana, Tanuja Kanwer, Shabnam Shakil, Phoebe Litchfield, Priya Mishra, Veda Krishnamurthy, Trisha Poojitha, Kathryn Bryce, Tarannum Pathan, Kashvee Gautam, Lauren Cheatle, Mannat Kashyap, Meghna Singh.