Anjum Chopra Opens Up On Mumbai Indians’ WPL Auctions Strategy
By SMCS - Dec 9, 2023 7:47 am
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Ahead of the Women’s Premier League 2024 (WPL) auction, former Indian batter and captain Anjum Chopra said Mumbai Indians (MI) need to keep nucleus and they need to build upon it while adding players like middle order batter Simran Shaikh and bowling all-rounder Simran Bahadur to strengthen their squad as well. The second edition of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) will see 165 players going under the hammer during the auction on December 9 in Mumbai, which also included England’s Danni Wyatt, Sri Lanka’s Chamari Athapaththu, India’s Priya Punia, West Indies’ Deandra Dottin etc.

Harmanpreet Kaur
Harmanpreet Kaur led Mumbai Indians won the WPL 2023.

The auction for the second edition of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) will begin on Saturday in Mumbai. Simran Bahadur is a finisher who can hit the ball long as well. She could get a lifeline in case an injury replacement is needed at any stage and fetch a bid in the WPL auction 2024 as well. Meanwhile, Simran Shaikh who was released by UP Warriorz before the auction, featured in 9 WPL games in WPL 2023 and only managed to score 61 runs as well.

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“You want to keep your nucleus and build upon it. They’re very aware. The little conversations I’ve picked up on, they’re looking for a leg-spinner. Also, have an all-rounder batter who can be an explosive finisher in this role. They’ve got a good batting line-up with Amelia Kerr coming in after Nat-Sciver Brunt. But if you can get an Indian recruit like Simran Shaikh and Simran Bahadur, it will help. That’s where they can strengthen with Jintimani Kalita and Amanjot Kaur, all are similar all-rounders,” Anjum Chopra said in a conversation on JioCinema.

Harmanpreet Kaur
Harmanpreet Kaur

However, title-winning captain Harmanpreet Kaur, Most Valuable Player And Purple Cap recipient – Hayley Matthews, Emerging Player of the Season – Yastika Bhatia, Player of the Final – Natalie Sciver-Brunt, Amelia Kerr, Isabelle Wong, Chloe Tryon, Pooja Vastrakar, Saika Ishaque, Amanjot Kaur, Jintimani Kalita, Humairaa Kaazi and Priyanka Bala are the 13  players who have been retained by them who will play for Mumbai Indians once again in WPL 2024.

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“I think they’ll use this auction for investment and they’ll unearth a diamond like they always do. They’ll pick up 3-4 players for the future and develop their skills so they can serve them in the years to come. They’ll look for young Indian players because they know you have to have a strong Indian contingent in your squad for you to win tournaments. They’ve seen it work for them in the men’s vertical,” Former women’s cricket team coach WV Raman said as well.