Smriti Mandhana, the RCB Women’s skipper is happy with the players the franchise has added to its squad ahead of the WPL 2024. RCB finished second-last in WPL 2023 and are keen to change the script this time around.
Players like Kate Cross, all-rounder Georgia Wareham, and Indian spinner Ekta Bisht were among the players roped in by the franchise ahead of the new season. The owners were keen on adding muscle to their bowling attack and they certainly have done so in the auction.
Cross, the pacer, and Bisht the spinner are expected to make a difference in the bowling attack. RCB women already have Indian pacer Renuka Singh and Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry in their ranks and Mandhana feels that the new additions will boost the bowling attack. Bisht was roped in for 60 lacs while Kate Cross was bought for her base price of 30 lacs.
Bowling Is Definitely Important In T20Is: Smriti Mandhana
“Bowling is definitely very important in T20s and a good bowling side wins you competition this year we were looking to strengthen our spin unit and also look for overseas pacers who can complement Renuka [Singh] well. We have Kate Cross now and I think she will complement Renuka well in the power play with both swinging the other way. And with Molineux and Wareham, the bowling looks very experienced. Plus we have the likes of Shreyanka [Patil] and also [Sophie] Devine and [Ellyse] Perry,” Mandhana said in a statement released by RCB.
RCB Women New Buys In WPL 2024 Auction
Georgia Wareham (Rs40 lakh), Kate Cross (Rs30 lakh), Ekta Bisht (Rs60 lakh), Shubha Satheesh (Rs10 lakh), S Meghana (Rs30 lakh), Simran Bahadur (Rs30 lakh), Sophie Molineux (Rs30 lakh).
RCB Women Retained Players
Smriti Mandhana, Asha Shobana, Disha Kasat, Ellyse Perry, Heather Knight, Indrani Roy, Kanika Ahuja, Renuka Singh, Richa Ghosh, Shreyanka Patil, Sophie Devine.