The wait for the much-anticipated Indian Women’s T20 League is ending soon as the tournament is slated to take place from 4th March to 26th March 2023. The five franchises, including Mumbai, Delhi, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Bengaluru will participate in the inaugural season of the tournament and vie for the maiden title to make their mark in the Indian Women’s T20 League. A total of 23 matches will be played across 17 days at two venues in Mumbai – DY Patil Stadium and Brabourne Stadium.
The franchises have managed to get their targeted players in the squad. S. Mandhana became the most expensive player when Bengaluru bought her for 3.2 crores at the Indian Women’s T20 League auction. Top players from across the cricketing world managed to attract big bids from the franchises. Players from India, Australia, England, New Zealand, South Africa, England and West Indies, and a few from associated nations will participate in the inaugural edition of the Indian Women’s T20 League. However, there are certain players from each country who are the legends of the game. Let’s look at those legends from each of the five franchises or teams participating in the Indian Women’s T20 League 2023.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
The Bengaluru team has a star-studded line-up for the inaugural season of the Indian Women’s T20 League. They have legends of the game who have achieved greater heights as compared to other players on the team. They are E. Perry, H. Knight and S. Devine. Perry is a five-time T20 World Cup winner and was part of the Australia women’s team that recently won the record-extending 6th title of the tournament. England’s Knight is one of the best batswomen in international cricket and led her team to a maiden ODI World Cup triumph in 2017. Devine of New Zealand is one of the greatest all-rounders in women’s cricket. She holds the record for being the first player to score 2000 runs and take 100 wickets in Women’s T20Is.
H. Kaur is one of the best players in international cricket, especially in Women’s T20Is. Kaur played a vital role in the success of Indian women’s cricket over the last few years. She took over the reins of India women’s cricket team as a captain following M. Raj’s retirement from cricket last year. H. Kaur has been appointed as the captain of Mumbai for the inaugural season of the Indian Women’s T20 League. Kaur is the first Indian player to score 3000 runs in Women’s T20Is. She is the only Indian woman player to record a century in the T20Is. As a captain, Kaur led India to CWG Final in 2018 and the Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 semi-final.
M. Lanning and M. Kapp are the legends who will represent Delhi in the Indian Women’s T20 League 2023. Lanning is regarded as the best captain in Women’s international cricket. She is the first player to have won 5 ICC titles as a captain after she recently led Australian women to the third consecutive T20 World Cup triumph. Given her captaincy credentials, Lanning is likely to lead Delhi in the inaugural season of the Indian Women’s T20 League. Kapp of South Africa is one of the underrated players but her contribution to Women’s cricket is well-known. M. Kapp was part of South Africa’s women team that reached the T20 World Cup final for the first time this year.
B. Mooney and D. Dottin are among the well-known names in Women’s international cricket. Mooney is one of the best batters and is the third-leading run-getter for Australia in the Women’s T20Is. Mooney is a three-time T20 World Cup winner and was part of the Australia team that won the record-extending sixth Women’s T20 World Cup title. B. Mooney holds the record for the most runs in a single edition of the Women’s T20 World Cup (259). Former West Indies star Dottin is one of the legends in women’s cricket. She has the second-most runs by a Caribbean player in Women’s T20Is (2697). D. Dottin was part of the West Indies women’s squad that won the T20 World Cup triumph in 2016.
A. Healy and S. Ismail are two of the most experienced international players in the UP team for the upcoming Indian Women’s T20 League. A. Healy is one of the best batters and has a reputation for being the five-time T20 World Cup winner. She was part of the Australian team that recently clinched the record-extending 6th Women’s T20 World Cup. Healy is the second leading run-getter for Australia in the Women’s T20I (2489). South Africa’s Ismail is one of the best fast bowlers in Women’s cricket. She is the fourth-leading wicket-taker in Women’s T20Is with 124 wickets in 113 matches. S. Ismail was part of the South Africa women’s team that reached the T20 World Cup Final for the first time in the recently concluded edition of the tournament.