With the WPL auction underway, Indian players representing the country in the T20 World Cup in South Africa were glued to the TV screens to find out their new franchises.
India skipper Harmapreet Kaur, who was sold to Mumbai Indians for 1.8 crore, said, “It feels great, I have always seen Mumbai Indians doing really well in the IPL and I also have an opportunity to be a part of the MI team and I hope we’ll make a good team and we’ll do what we are there to do.”
“I think it’s a gamechanger for all of us. To experience this pressure for the first time, I am very excited and at the same time it will entirely change women’s cricket, not only in India but even in world cricket. It’s a great initiative and we are all looking forward to that. How then men’s team were doing for MI, we will also like to contribute the same way,” she added.
“Mumbai Indian fans have always been great”
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India pacer Renuka Singh Thakur was also overwhelmed by emotions during her auction with all her teammates cheering on. She was ultimately sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 1.5 crore. She will now join her international teammate Smriti Mandhana, who came and hugged her, in the RCB camp.
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Earlier, India opener Mandhana broke bank early as she became the first pick in the Women’s Premier League auction history, being bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 3.40.
The southpaw, who is currently part of the Indian team in South Africa for the Women’s T20 World Cup, sparked a bidding war between Mumbai Indians and the Bangalore franchise early in the auction.