The first Women’s Premier League auction got off to an impressive start when India’s Smriti Mandhana sparked a fierce bidding war between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Indian opener, who went up for auction first at the major event, was purchased by RCB for a staggering INR 3.4 crore.
Two of the most prestigious cricket teams in the world, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore, took notice of Smriti Mandhana, who was predicted to earn a significant quantity of money at the auction. Mandhana became the most expensive player in the auction thanks to the victory of the Bangalore-based club in the bidding war.
Following the coveted takedown of the Indian opener, RCB hired veteran New Zealand cricketer Sophie Devine for her base salary of INR 50 lakh, which is an absolute steal given the circumstances. In the first round of the auction, Mike Hesson’s team made another high-profile acquisition when they secured Australian legend Ellyse Perry for INR 1.7 crore.
Even after signing Mandhana, Devine, and Perry to big-name contracts, the Royal Challengers Bangalore didn’t stop there. They spent big money on Renuka Singh, the ICC’s Emerging Player of 2022. The youthful pacer cost a whopping INR 1.5 crore to acquire. When RCB signed teenage U19 batting sensation Richa Ghosh to their roster, they added another star to their already excellent lineup.
On Sunday, February 12, Richa, who was instrumental in the U19 team’s triumphant T20 World Cup campaign the previous month, played an exhilarating inning against Pakistan to lead her team to an exciting victory. Her acquisition cost a hefty INR 1.9 crore. The aggressive middle-order hitter, who is only 19 years old but already has quite the reputation in white-ball cricket, will be one of the players to watch out for in the competition.
The team made a number of acquisitions during the accelerated auction phase, with Australian all-rounder Eric Burns being another steal at a base price of INR 30 lakh. Many were surprised when England captain Heather Knight, who wasn’t purchased in the first round, joined the RCB camp for her base price of INR 40 lakh.
Dane van Niekerk, who was also signed for her base price, will add a touch of South Africa to the franchise. Due to her all-around skills, the star all-rounder who was controversially left out of South Africa’s T20 World Cup roster will prove to be an essential addition to the team.
Here’s Royal Challengers Bangalore Final Squad:
Smriti Mandhana, Sophie Devine, Ellyse Perry, Renuka Singh, Richa Ghosh, Erin Burns, Disha Kasat, Indrani Roy, Shreyanka Patil, Kanika Ahuja, Asha Shobana, Heather Knight, Dane van Niekerk, Preeti Bose, Poonam Khemnar, Komal Zanzad, Megan Schutt, Sahana Pawar
RCB Squad 2023, Players List, Roles & Price Details:
|Player Name||Role||Price Details|
|Smriti Mandhana||Batter||3.4 crore|
|Sophie Devine||All-rounder||50 lakh|
|Ellyse Perry||All-rounder||1.7 crore|
|Renuka Singh||Bowler||1.5 crore|
|Richa Ghosh||Wicket-keeper||1.9 crore|
|Erin Burns||All-rounder||30 lakh|
|Disha Kasat||Batter||10 lakh|
|Indrani Roy||Wicket-keeper||10 lakh|
|Shreyanka Patil||All-rounder||10 lakh|
|Kanika Ahuja||All-rounder||35 lakh|
|Asha Shobana||All-rounder||10 lakh|
|Heather Knight||All-rounder||40 lakh|
|Dane van Niekerk||All-rounder||30 lakh|
|Preeti Bose||Bowler||30 lakh|
|Poonam Khemnar||All-rounder||10 lakh|
|Komal Zanzad||Bowler||25 lakh|
|Megan Schutt||Bowler||40 lakh|
|Sahana Pawar||Bowler||10 lakh|
Number of players in squad: 18 (Indian-12, Overseas- 6)
Purse Remaining- INR 10 Lakhs