WPL 2023: X-Factor of UP Warriorz Women

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Just a few days left for the maiden edition of the Women's Premier League (WPL) to get initiated and its time to get used to the marquee players who could be a distinguishing factor for their respective team. Each year, in franchise cricket, there are a few names who brings the 'Wow factor' in the game. Be it Suryakumar Yadav in the IPL or Harry Brook in the Hundred, Hayley Matthews in Women's CPL or Amanda Jade-Wellington in the Women's Big Bash. Such is the aura of these cash-rich T20 Leagues.

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To earn the silverware, every team desires to fetch a player who could change the momentum of a game within moments. We're going to dwell with one such character who is going to don the jersey of the UP Warriorz in the upcoming WPL season. The name is Tahlia McGrath and she is the X-Factor of her side. Why so? We shall let you know.

Player Profile: Tahlia McGrath

An Australian all-rounder who is renowned for hitting big sixes, Tahlia McGrath is certainly a player to watch out in the WPL 2023. She is a middle-order batter who can is known to use the long levers well. In addition, McGrath is also known to swing the ball both ways provided the proper conditions.


What does Tahlia McGrath add to the UP Warriorz Women?

The South Australian-based cricketer made her national team debut in 2017. She missed out on making into the World Cup squad but what followed was a resurgence of her skillset. She came into the limelight post covid and took the world by a storm. She gathered 615 runs from 18 innings in her T20I career with a stirring average of 61.50.

McGrath can be used as a floater in the middle order but the best of her came in the one-down position. The numbers display an impressive average of 66.25 in eight innings.

McGrath's runs per innings in 1st down: 33.12 (four times not out)
McGrath's runs per innings in 2nd down: 39.60 (once not out)
McGrath's runs per innings in 3rd, 4th and 5th (overall) down:
37.75 (twice not out)

Now let us see how the tall all-rounder has fared with the cherry in hand.

McGrath is renowned for swinging the ball both ways. Obviously, she needs the assistance off the conditions but the ability to manufacture the skill makes her special. She is a useful bowler in the middle and late phases of the game.

The 27-year-old has earned 13 wickets from 16 innings so far in T20I Format.


Threat with Tahlia McGrath

As a pace bowling all-rounder, McGrath often faces injury issues. This is something which is a common feature to cricketers with the same ability as that of the Adelaide-born. She has undergone back spasms in the past, leading her to opt out from bowling in crucial stages. It's been a while she has bowled a full over quota.