WPL 2024 Auction insights, team rosters, financial details, and beyond: Uncover Gujarat Giants’ reconstruction, while DC and MI aim to strengthen their squads – pivotal highlights to discuss

Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals, and UP Warriorz have maintained their core, whereas Gujarat Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore face substantial tasks at the upcoming player auctions on Saturday.

The triumphant Mumbai Indians, finalists Delhi Capitals, and third-placed UP Warriorz from the inaugural Women’s Premier League playoffs have chosen to maintain faith in their core player groups. Notably, both MI and DC have retained their final playing XIs, while UP Warriorz have released only one player from their starting lineup. With minimal adjustments needed, these three teams enter the upcoming auction in Mumbai with confidence.

The spotlight now shifts to Gujarat Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore, tasked with reshaping their squads for the second edition. Despite RCB’s season-long struggles, they finished ahead of the Giants on net run rate. Both teams secured only two wins out of eight matches, setting the stage for intriguing developments at the auction tables.

A pool of 165 cricketers, comprising 104 Indians and 61 overseas players, vies for the available 30 slots (including 9 overseas) in the upcoming auction. Teams benefit from an increased purse of Rs 1.50 crore, totaling Rs 12 crore for this auction.

Gujarat Giants

Purse available: Rs 5.95 crore

Slots to fill: 10 (Overseas: 3)

Retained Players:

Ashleigh Gardner*, Beth Mooney*, Dayalan Hemalatha, Harleen Deol, Laura Wolvaardt*, Shabnam Shakil, Sneh Rana, Tanuja Kanwer.

Released Players:

Annabel Sutherland*, Ashwani Kumari, Georgia Wareham*, Hurley Gala, Kim Garth*, Mansi Joshi, Monica Patel, Parunika Sisodia, Sabbineni Meghana, Sophia Dunkley*, Sushma Verma.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

  • Purse available: Rs 3.35 crore
  • Slots to fill: 7 (Overseas: 3)

Retained Players:

Asha Shobana, Disha Kasat, Ellyse Perry*, Heather Knight*, Indrani Roy, Kanika Ahuja, Renuka Singh, Richa Ghosh, Shreyanka Patil, Sophie Devine*, Smriti Mandhana.

Released Players:

Dané Van Niekerk*, Erin Burns*, Komal Zanzad, Megan Schutt*, Poonam Khemnar, Preeti Bose, Sahana Pawar.

UP Warriorz

  • Purse available: Rs 4.0 crore
  • Slots to fill: 5 (Overseas: 1)

Retained Players:

Alyssa Healy*, Anjali Sarvani, Deepti Sharma, Grace Harris*, Kiran Navgire, Lauren Bell*, Parshavi Chopra, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, S. Yashasri, Shweta Sehrawat, Sophie Ecclestone*, Tahlia Mcgrath*, Laxmi Yadav.

Released Players:

Devika Vaidya, Shabnim Ismail*, Shivali Shinde, Simran Shaikh.

Mumbai Indians

  • Purse available: Rs 2.1 crore
  • Slots to fill: 5 (Overseas: 1)

Retained Players:

Amanjot Kaur, Amelia Kerr*, Chloe Tryon*, Harmanpreet Kaur, Hayley Matthews*, Humairaa Kaazi, Isabelle Wong*, Jintimani Kalita, Natalie Sciver*, Pooja Vastrakar, Priyanka Bala, Saika Ishaque, Yastika Bhatia.

Released Players:

Dhara Gujjar, Heather Graham*, Neelam Bisht, Sonam Yadav.

Delhi Capitals

  • Purse available: Rs 2.25
  • Slots to fill: 3 (Overseas: 1)

Retained Players:

Alice Capsey*, Arundhati Reddy, Jemimah Rodrigues, Jess Jonassen*, Laura Harris*, Marizanne Kapp*, Meg Lanning*, Minnu Mani, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Shafali Verma, Shikha Pandey, Sneha Deepthi, Taniyaa Bhatia, Titas Sadhu.

Released Players:

Jasia Akhter, Tara Norris*, Aparna Mondal.

Undoubtedly, a focal point for improvement lies in the wicket-keeping position for the team. While Taniya Bhatia excels in glovework, her batting contributions may not be substantial. DC might consider adding options like Uma Chetry. Although the temptation exists to pursue England’s Amy Jones, the team already boasts a robust overseas contingent. Additionally, DC might explore the inclusion of an Indian batting all-rounder.

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