Women’s IPL auction: Abhinav Mukund on UP Warriorz’s squad

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The first-ever Women’s IPL auction was conducted successfully on February 13. All five teams have formed a great and balanced squad for the inaugural edition of the tournament.

Abhinav Mukund on UP Warriorz’s squad

He believes the wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy is their best buy and a steal at just 70 lakhs INR. Alyssa Healy was among the six overseas players bought by them.

UP Warriorz spent their entire purse of ₹12cr to form an 18-member squad. He said :

They have got a fantastic side. I would think getting Alyssa Healy at 70 lakhs is the steal of this auction. Considering the amount of money that a lot of the Indian players went for, getting Tahlia McGrath at 1.4 crores and Alyssa Healy at 70 lakhs, I think they have done a really, really good job with their overseas.”

The former Indian Opener also said that they have got a great seam bowler in form of Shabnim Islam. They also have the likes of Grace Harris as a big-hitting middle-order batter.

“They have got a good backup for Shabnim Ismail as well. Their Indian players look solid. Grace Harris is a great addition lower down in the auction, which they again got for 75 lakhs”

Up Warriorz acquired England seamer Lauren Bell for just ₹30 lakhs towards the end. Sophie Ecclestone, the top-ranked bowler in the ICC Women’s T20I rankings was their first overseas pick.

“I felt apart from the first three picks (Ecclestone, Deepti Sharma, and McGrath), they didn’t overspend too much. I thought, for a new franchise, they had a better auction than the Gujarat Giants.”

UP Warriorz on rate out of 10 (Women’s IPL auction)

He concluded by giving the UP a rating of eight on a scale of 10:

“I like their Indian base as well. – Deepti Sharma, they have got Anjali Sarvani – the left-arm seamer, Rajeshwari Gayakwad comes in. ate in the day they got Kiran Navgire and Shweta Sehrawat. sometimes I like the look of this team and the successful head coach Jon Lewis. I will go 8 out of 10 again for the UP Warriorz.

Apart from these players, UP Warriorz also bought Devika Vaidya at ₹1.4 crores. They have a great mix of Indian and overseas players. Up Warriorz should fancy their chances of doing well in the inaugural edition of the WIPL.

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