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Who can be the possible captains for the Women's Premier League teams?

Which players are captain material for the five teams in the upcoming Women's Premier League?

Harmanpreet Kaur

Harmanpreet Kaur (Photo Credit: AFP)


The Bridge Desk

Updated: 13 Feb 2023 5:38 PM GMT

The Women's Premier League auction for its inaugural edition came to a fruitful conclusion on Monday after all five teams managed to strategically stitch together a team which will help them vie for the title.

The next big task for the sides is to choose an able captain to lead from the front, and boy are the teams spoiled for choice. We try our hand in predicting who could be the possible captains at the upcoming WPL.

Meg Lanning (Delhi Capitals)

One of the most successful captains in the world of women's cricket, Meg Lanning is a certified legend of the game. It seems that the Delhi Capitals agreed and scooped her up for a reasonable 1.1 crore.

A veteran with the experience of having played more than 125 T20Is and having led the Southern Stars to multiple world titles, Lanning is also one of the best batters in the format. She could be a very good captain for burgeoning talents like Jemimah Rodrigues and Shafali Verma.

Smriti Mandhana (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

For the teams looking for an Indian captain in the WPL, Smriti Mandhana will be an obvious choice, and RCB have that option to use. The team shelled out a massive amount of 3.4 crore and made Mandhana the most expensive player in the inaugural WPL auction.

The Sangli lass is one of the best batters in the world in the shortest format and has also stepped in wonderfully as and when needed as the captain of the Indian team.

Take into consideration the age on her side, and Mandhana emerges as one of the sure shot players to lead a WPL team.

Harmanpreet Kaur (Mumbai Indians)

It looks highly unlikely that Harmanpreet Kaur would not lead a WPL team, and after joining Mumbai Indians for 1.8 crore, she is surely going to lead the WPL side.

The Indian captain across formats, Kaur is one of the most dangerous batters in T20s. Her leadership skills too have improved over the years, with each and every member of the Indian team crediting her for their success.

Deepti Sharma (UP Warriorz)

It was match made-in-heaven when UP Warriorz spent 2.6 crore and secured the services of 25-year-old all-rounder Deepti Sharma. While the side does have an experienced Alyssa Healy in its ranks, surely Sharma, who has her roots in Agra, will be called upon to lead her local side.

Beth Mooney (Gujarat Giants)

The 29-year-old wicket keeper-batter from Australia is the perfect candidate to lead the Gujarat Giants. Mooney was roped in by the Giants for 2 crore, and has fellow Australians in Ashleigh Gardner, Annabel Sutherland, and Georgia Wareham as teammates.

Hence, team chemistry will certainly won't be low with Mooney at the helm of affairs.

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