The Mumbai Team is one of the five teams all set to compete in the first-ever women’s exclusive T20 league. Mumbai franchise is the most decorated team in the franchise T20 history having witnessed a number of championships and titles with the men’s team and now the onus is on the women’s side to continue this legacy and winning tradition for the island city.
In total 22 league stage matches will be played including the eliminator and the final. All the matches of the inaugural season of the much-anticipated league will be held in Mumbai across two venues, DY Patil Stadium and Brabourne Stadium respectively. Mumbai will indeed have the advantage of playing in home conditions and the support of their fans.
In their bid to launch a successful title challenge in the inaugural edition of the Women’s T20, they made sure they got the right individuals and talent to represent them. The auction saw the Blues get some notable women cricketers to their roster and some surprise picks as well.
Here are the 5 players you need to watch out for in the Mumbai Indians team.
The Indian national women’s team captain was the first and assured pick for the Mumbai franchise, they had to shell out INR 1.8 crore to add her to the squad. With more than 3000 runs in T20I internationals and a number of major ICC tournaments, she is a leading figurehead of the Mumbai team and therefore named their captain. She is quite capable with the balls as well thus making her a must-have pick for any T20 side.
Sciver is a perfect all-rounder in terms of experience, leadership, and talent. She is the first English women’s cricket player to take a hat trick in the Women’s T20 international match. Although Mumbai Indians had to play hardball at the auction to confirm her inclusion in the team, they paid INR 3.2 crore which is a record signing amount for the overseas player this season. Based on the fact that Mumbai Indians are looking for an experienced all-rounder to lead the team Sciver will certainly be under the scanners and will be looked upon to guide them in sticky situations.
Vastrakar is a young all-rounder player that will provide cutting edge to the Mumbai Indians team, although Mumbai were locked in the bidding war for her services with UP Warriorz, they did have the final laugh by bagging her for INR 1.9 crore, a heavy price tag for a 23-year old player. Although game time with the Indian national side has been limited there is no doubting her talents and capabilities.
Another young prodigy picked up by the Mumbai Indians, Bhatia is certainly one that could rattle the opposition teams. Taking a huge dent on their pocket, Mumbai with a bid of INR 1.5 crore were clear about her role in the team and what is expected in terms of quality and talent. Having debuted for India only in 2021, there is a long way to for the 22-year-old rising star. A stage like Women’s T20 is where she could really blossom and cement herself as the next big thing.
Mumbai Indians sure know how to balance the scale of the team with the right mix of the young blood and the experienced campaigners. A. Kaur is yet another young prospect the Blues are banking on, the 23-year-old is one the rising star in Indian cricket. She is known for her electrifying fielding and good stroke play all of these qualities will rightly be on display when she takes the pitch for Mumbai Indians Women’s team.