Top 5 expensive players of the WPL 2024 Auction: A Detailed List from Sutherland to Litchfield
The WPL 2024 Auction successfully concluded on 9th December 2023 at 6:30 pm IST. The auction started at 3 pm and a three-and-half-hour event witnessed a sale of nearly 30 players. Of these, 5 expensive players of the WPL 2024 Auction created a sensation.
The forthcoming edition of the Women’s Premier League WPL will be played in T20 format with 22 matches, including the playoffs. Moreover, the matches will be played in a double-round-robin format.
Furthermore, BCCI secretary Jay Shah after the WPL Auction 2024 mentioned that the tournament will likely commence on 22nd February 2024 and conclude on 17th March 2024. Also, the BCCI secretary clarified that all the matches will be held in one state.
Interestingly, Annabel Sutherland and Kashvee Gautam tallied the title for the most expensive players of the WPL 2024 Auction.
Surprisingly, Kashvee Gautam became the most expensive uncapped player of the WPL 2024 auction.
Notably, all the five franchises participated in the WPL auction 2024 such as:
- Mumbai Indians (MI)
- Gujarat Giants ( GG)
- Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)
- UP Warriorz (UPW)
- Delhi Capitals (DC)
Top 5 expensive players of the WPL 2024 Auction: The costliest deal on a grand event
The below listed top 5 expensive players of the WPL 2024 Auction highlight their tremendous skills in women’s cricket matches. Also, their highest bids emphasize their growing popularity resulting in a costliest deal on a grand event:
1. Annabel Sutherland (AUSTRALIA ): INR 2 Crores to Delhi Capitals
The 22-year-old Australian cricketer was acquired at a base price of INR 70 lakhs during the WPL 2023 Auction. Annabel Sutherland was a part of Gujarat Giants in the inaugural WPL season in 2023.
Annabel has an impressive record in T20Is by grabbing 10 wickets in 19 innings. Also, the Australian player accumulated 97 runs in 10 T20I innings with her highest score of 22 runs.
Moreover, her contribution to the WBBL (Women’s Big Bash League) as part of the Melbourne Stars, increases her demand for the WPL.
However, Delhi Capitals bought the all-rounder for a whopping price of INR 2 crores.
Ultimately, Annabel Sutherland became the most expensive player of the WPL 2024 Auction.
2. Kashvee Gautam ( INDIA ): INR 2 Crores to Gujarat Giants
The 20-year-old cricketer was a part of Team India A against England A in Mumbai. Kashvee Gautam played an essential role by grabbing 3 wickets.
Especially, the Indian all-rounder created history by becoming the costliest uncapped player of the WPL 2024 auction.
A bid from Gujarat Giants of INR 2 crores surpassed the previous record of Vrinda Dinesh’s deal with UP Warriorz of INR 1.30 crores.
Moreover, as a lower-order batter, Kashvee can make an outstanding contribution to her side and enhance the team’s total.
Finally, Kashvee Gautam along with Annabel Sutherland share the title of becoming the most expensive player of the WPL 2024 auction.
3. Vrinda Dinesh ( INDIA ): INR 1.3 Crores to UP Warriorz
The 22-year-old right-hand batter becomes the 2nd most expensive uncapped player of the WPL 2024 Auction.
Interestingly, another expensive player of the WPL 2024 auction joins the list, followed by Annabel Sutherland and Kashvee Gautam.
Vrinda Dinesh is known for her power-hitting strokes and consistent performance in domestic matches.
Also, the talented young cricketer was a part of the winning U-23 squad in the ACC Women’s T20 Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2023.
The tournament played in Hong Kong marked her as a substitute for an injured pace bowler S Yashasri
4. Shabnim Ismail ( SOUTH AFRICA ) INR 1.2 Crores to Mumbai Indians
UP Warriorz released the South African medium-pace bowler ahead of the 2nd season of WPL.
Earlier, UP Warriorz gained Shabnim Ismail for a base price of INR 1 crore ahead of the inaugural edition of the WPL.
However, the Mumbai Indians secured the 35-year-old medium-fast bowler for a large sum of money with INR 1.2 crores.
Shabnim Ismail played a crucial role in the WBBL ( Women’s Big Bash League). She grabbed 14 wickets in 13 matches with an impressive economy rate of 6.23.
Particularly with a new ball, Ismail makes it difficult for the opponent team batsmen to combat her bowling attack.
5. Phoebe Litchfield ( AUSTRALIA): INR 1 Crore to Gujarat Giants
Gujarat Giants acquired the 20-year-old Australian batter for INR 1 crore. Her explosive batting style makes her collaborate with the other expensive players of the WPL auction 2024.
Phoebe Litchfield, earlier this year, made her debut in the international cricket. A promising start by the young cricketer ensures a long journey loaded with exciting records in the forthcoming matches of her career.
Interestingly, Phoebe Litchfield tallied Sophie Devine’s record of the fastest half-century in Women’s T20Is against West Indies. By scoring a half-century in just 18 balls, the left-handed batter was able to achieve the remarkable feat in October 2023.
Being a regular participant in WBBL ( Women’s Big Bash League), she represents the team, Sydney Thunders. In WBBL 2023, the Australian left-handed batter performed well by scoring an overall of 329 runs.