RCB buy Smriti Mandhana for 3.4 crore, Gujarat shell out 3.2 crore for Aussie Ashleigh Gardner | Cricket News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Star India opener Smriti Mandhana raked in the mullah as she was picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore for a whopping Rs 3.40 crore at the first ever Women’s Premier League auction in Mumbai on Monday.
It was a two-way battle between Mumbai Indians and Bangalore for Mandhana where the latter eventually outbid the Mumbai-based franchise. Mandhana’s base price was Rs 50 lakh.
Aussie all-rounder Ashleigh Gardner, who recently starred in team’s first win at the ongoing Women’s T20 World Cup against New Zealand became the second highest buy of the day with Gujarat Giants paying Rs 3.2 crore for her services.
Another Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry was also picked up by Bangalroe for Rs 1.7 crore.
“Everyone knows Mandhana and Perry, we were pretty committed to the couple of people we wanted to get. We’re very happy to get such quality players. It’s a dream result for us to get Mandhana, Perry and Devine,” RCB Director of Cricket Mike Hesson said during a media interaction.
India’s T20I skipper Harmanpreet Kaur became Mumbai’s first buy of the day as she was bought for Rs 1.8 crore.
Seasoned India all-rounder Deepti Sharma was sold to UP Warriorz for Rs 2.60 crore while Delhi Captails made their first buy of the day in form of Jemimah Rodrigues, who was bought for Rs 2.20 crore.
Young gun Shafali Verma, who led India to inaugural U19 Women’s T20 World Cup title was also bought by Delhi for Rs 2 crore. Aussie Meg Lanning was the third big buy of the day for Delhi, who was picked up for Rs 1.1 crore.
Renuka Singh was another big buy for Bangalore, who was bought for Rs 1.5 crore. New Zealand’s Sophie Devine was also bought by Bangalore for her base price of Rs 50 lakh while England all-rounder Natalie Sciver went to Mumbai for Rs 3.2 crore.
UP Warriorz’ first pick of the day was England’s Sophie Ecclestone, who was bought for Rs 1.8 crore.
West Indies’ Hayley Matthews went unsold in the first marquee list of the day.


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