Indian batter Smriti Mandhana was the most expensive buy at the inaugural Women’s Premier League auction in Mumbai. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) snapped her up for INR 3.4 crore deal. After bagging a whopping amount paid by the RCB in the WPL auction, Mandhana is set to earn double the Pakistan Super League (PSL) highest-paid players.
Smriti Mandhana Becomes Most Expensive Player in WPL with ₹3.4 crore Bid by RCB- Key Points
- Babar, who played for the Peshawar Zalmi side, under the Platinum category, was traded at the season salary of $1,50,000 or PKR 3,60,00000 (3 Crore 60 lakh).
- Mandhana was also the first player to come up for bidding at the auction, having a base price of INR 50 lakh.
- RCB and Mumbai Indians were locked in an intense battle for her services, before the former managed to acquire her services, offering an opening as well as a captaincy option.
About Smriti Mandhana
Smriti Shriniwas Mandhana is an Indian cricketer who plays for the Indian women’s national team and the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the WPL. In June 2018, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) named her as the Best Women’s International Cricketer. In December 2018, the International Cricket Council (ICC) awarded her with the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for the best female cricketer of the year.
On 30 December 2021, she became a nominee of the ICC Women’s T20 Player of the Year. In December 2021, she, Tammy Beaumont, Lizelle Lee and Gaby Lewis were nominated for the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year. In January 2022, the ICC awarded her with the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year. At the inaugural auctions of the Indian Women’s Premier League, Smriti was acquired by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 3.40 crore.