The much-awaited auction of the Women’s Premier League or women’s IPL took place in Mumbai on February 13, 2023, where 87 players were bought at a whopping amount of ₹59.5 Crores. Smriti Mandhana was bought at the highest bid by Royal Challengers Bangalore along with Richa Ghosh and Jemimah Rodrigues, who led India to win against Pakistan recently in the ongoing women’s T20 World Cup.
Set to begin on March 4, 2023, the women’s IPL will be aired on the Sports18 television channel and JioCinema, both owned by Viacom18. In total 87 players made it to the league from the 448 cricketers among which 14 Australian players have been acquired as well. While most of the players are under the age of 23, there are two players who are as young as 15. Let’s meet the two youngest players at the first-ever edition of women’s IPL 2023.
From auction action & the team's philosophy to joining forces with @ImHarmanpreet 👍@JhulanG10, Mentor and Bowling Coach, @mipaltan shares her thoughts post the historic #WPLAuction 🎥🔽 pic.twitter.com/YwEy8RuWKu— Women's Premier League (WPL) (@wplt20) February 14, 2023
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Shabnam Md Shakil
Signed by Gujarat Giants at ₹10 lakhs is 15-year-old Indian cricketer Shabnam Md Shakil. The Andhra Pradesh medium pacer, who has participated in two international games so far and even claimed a wicket against UAE, was also a part of the U-19 Women’s World Cup winning effort. The Andhra bowler is noted for consistently hitting 110 kmph, which may have caught Mithali Raj's (Gujarat's coach) eye. Shakil looked up to the renowned Indian bowler Jhulan Goswami.
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The 15-year-old Indian player Sonam Yadav has made it to the first edition of women’s IPL as well after being bought by the Mumbai Indians for the base price of ₹10 lakhs. Yadav took five wickets during the U-19 World Cup, helping India win the tournament .
Born in Uttar Pradesh, Yadav began playing cricket at the age of 13 and has represented Uttar Pradesh in many domestic matches. Yadav is a right-hand batter, has a slow arm orthodox bowling style, and mostly plays as a bowler.