Women’s cricket finally got its long due on Monday when the highly anticipated player’s auction took place at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai. Ever since the success of the Indian Premier League, demand for such a league for women cricketers was on the rise and BCCI made the right step towards turning it into reality.
And it seems the league has already started inspiring young girls to take the sport. On Tuesday, a video of a 14-year-old girl playing jaw-dropping cricket shots in Barmer, Rajasthan has gone viral on the internet. In the video, the girl identified as Moomal Meher can be seen playing her idol Suryakumar Yadav-like shots at her school ground.
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar also reacted to the viral video and praised the young talent. “Kal hi toh auction hua.. aur aaj match bhi shuru? Kya baat hai. Really enjoyed your batting,” tweeted the Master Blaster.
Notably, on Monday, five franchises – Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians, UP Warriorz, and Gujarat Giants engaged in an intense-bidding war to formulate their squad for the inaugural edition of the WPL.
Prolific Indian batter Smriti Mandhana was the most expensive bid as Royal Challengers Bangalore secured her services for INR 3.4 crores. Harmanpreet Kaur (Rs. 1.8 crores), Ashleigh Gardner (Rs. 3.2 crores), Ellye Perry (Rs. 1.7 crores), and Sophie Ecclestone (Rs. 1.8 crores) were the other few expensive bid during WPL auction.