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WPL 2023: From Smriti Mandhana to Alyssa Healy – Top five players to look for in the highly anticipated tournament

WPL 2023: Five teams will battle it out to be crowned the winners of the Women’s Premier League (WPL), which will begin on March 4 and go through March 26 in Mumbai. The squads are prepared to show their abilities thanks to the addition of players from the home and foreign circuits by the Delhi Capitals, Gujarat Giants, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and UP Warriorz.

The teams have made significant investments to bring in some of the top talents in the game to their rosters, creating a buzz of excitement and anticipation ahead of the tournament. Let’s take a look at top five players who could perform exceedingly well in WPL 2023.

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1. Smriti Mandhana

Smriti Mandhana, the most expensive player in the Women’s Premier League (WPL 2023) auction, is one of the key players in the Indian batting line-up across all formats. The Indian opener smashed her career-best T20I score of 87 against Ireland to help her side reach the semifinals of the ICC T20 World Cup in South Africa. Although India eventually lost to Australia in the semifinals, Mandhana’s performance was a standout.

2. Harmanpreet Kaur

The Indian skipper is a dependable performer for her squad thanks to her aggressive batting and superb off-spin. She is now a formidable opponent who can completely change the course of a game in a matter of overs thanks to her consistent performances. The 33-year-old brings a lot of experience to the table, having played for India in over 270 matches and scoring over 6,000 runs across all forms.

3. Alyssa Healy

Healy, a well-known name in women’s cricket was appointed as the skipper for UP Warriorz. She has played 139 T20 Internationals for Australia and has amassed approximately 2,500 runs for her team, including one century and 14 fifties. She is one of the top wicket keepers in the game and has been responsible for 110 T20I dismissals. Healy, who has won five T20 World Cup championships, provides a wealth of knowledge and experience to the squad, and her leadership will unquestionably be a benefit to the UP Warriorz as they contend for the crown in the next competition.

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4. Sophie Ecclestone

A veteran in the T20 format, the slow left-arm orthodox spinner from England is currently the number one ranked bowler in the world. Ecclestone has been in excellent form in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup, where she played a vital role in England’s campaign until they lost to South Africa in the semifinals. With her impressive spin bowling, she can be a formidable threat on the spin-friendly pitches of India. Additionally, she can also lend support with the bat lower down the order.

5. Deepti Sharma

Deepti Sharma, a distinguished all-rounder in women’s cricket, boasts over 150 international appearances across formats. The Indian cricketer’s versatility is an asset to the team, making valuable contributions with both bat and ball. As a lower-middle-order batter, she consistently scores runs.She has played two Tests, scoring 152 runs and taking five wickets. In 80 ODIs, she has amassed 1,891 runs and claimed 91 wickets. In T20Is, Deepti has earned 86 caps with 898 runs and 95 wickets to her name. Moreover, her captaincy skills were on display in the Women’s T20 Challenge 2022, where she led Velocity to the final.

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