Top 5 Most Expensive Buys Of WPL Auctions 2024

image-lsu1hkkeVrinda Dinesh was bought by UP Warriorz (X.COM)

The auction for the 2024 Women's Premier League (WPL) was an exciting event, with five franchises competing to acquire top-tier talent to strengthen their teams. The bidding process took place in Mumbai on December 9, 2023 and was marked by intense battles as franchises strategically secured players, demonstrating a willingness to make significant financial commitments.

A total of 165 players went under the hammer, competing for 30 available slots across these franchises. Notable high-value purchases were made during the auction as teams invested heavily in top talents from around the world. 

Five players have made history by securing million-rupee deals in the highly competitive bidding wars. They have become the talk of the town, as their high-profile acquisitions are expected to have a significant impact on the upcoming WPL season. 

Let's take a look at the top 5 most expensive buys of WPL auctions 2024.

5. Phoebe Litchfield (INR 1 Crore)

image-lsu22okoPhoebe Litchfield signed by Gujarat Giants []

Phoebe Litchfield, a talented Australian batter, has been signed by the Gujarat Giants for a massive sum of Rs. 1 crore. The 20-year-old holds the record for the joint-fastest fifty in women's T20Is, achieving the feat in just 18 balls. 

Litchfield currently plays for Sydney Thunder in the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) and is known for her dynamic batting skills. Her addition to the Gujarat Giants' batting lineup is expected to bring youthful exuberance to the team and help them perform better in the upcoming matches.

4. Shabnim Ismail (INR 1.2 Crore)

image-lsu1bvhxMI bought Shabnim Ismail for Rs 1.20 crore (X.COM)

The Mumbai Indians have bought South African bowler Shabnim Ismail for Rs. 1.20 crore. The 35-year-old, who was released by UP Warriorz, showcased her skills in the 2023 Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) where she took 13 wickets in 14 matches. 

Ismail's experience and pace will bring a new dimension to the Mumbai Indians' bowling attack.

3. Vrinda Dinesh (INR 1.3 Crore)

image-lsu14l80Vrinda was bought for Rs 1.3 crore by UP Warriorz (X.COM)

The talented cricketer, Vrinda Dinesh, known for her powerful batting from Karnataka, secured a deal worth Rs 1.3 crore with UP Warriorz. Although she is yet to debut for the national team, Dinesh has gained a strong reputation for her hard-hitting abilities, especially during her participation in the domestic Senior Women’s One-Day competition. 

She was also a member of India’s U-23 squad, which emerged victorious in the ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup held in Hong Kong. Earlier in 2023, Vrinda was prolific with the bat for Karnataka in the Senior Women’s One-Day competition, finishing as the third-highest run getter in the tournament with 477 runs in 11 innings.

2. Kashvee Gautam (INR 2 Crore) 

image-lsu0z4dpKashvee Gautam was sold to GG for Rs. 2 crore (X.COM)

Kashvee Gautam, a talented Indian all-rounder, created history at the WPL 2024 auction by becoming the most expensive uncapped cricketer. The Gujarat Giants acquired her services for a whopping Rs. 2 crore. 

The 20-year-old recently exhibited her skills with the India A team against England A, where she picked up three crucial wickets. Gautam's potential and versatility make her a standout addition to the Gujarat Giants squad.

1. Annabel Sutherland (INR 2 Crore) 

image-lsu0mdwaAnnabel Sutherland 'The Australian Star' (X.COM)

Australian cricketer Annabel Sutherland was recently bought by the Delhi Capitals for Rs. 2 crore. She was previously released by the Gujarat Giants before the auction, having been bought for Rs. 70 lakh during the 2023 auction. 

The 22-year-old all-rounder has represented Australia in 28 T20Is, taking 15 wickets in 25 innings with an economy rate of 7.20. She has also scored 109 runs in 28 matches, with her highest score being 22 not out.