WPL 2023: 5 players who can emerge as leading wicket-takers

These five players have performed marvellously in the international circuit and they will look forward to doing the same in the inaugural WPL edition as well.

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Sophie Ecclestone
Sophie Ecclestone. (Photo Source: MARCO LONGARI/AFP via Getty Images)

The much-awaited cricketing carnival in the form of WPL 2023 began with the opener played between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Gujarat Giants (GG) at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai. In the tournament, all eyes will be set on some bowlers who performed brilliantly in the recently concluded 2023 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. 

In the cash-rich league, their franchises will expect them to continue their form and help them become successful in lifting the trophy on March 26, 2023. The records show that these bowlers dominate the international arena with their efficient bowling and now, in the T20 extravaganza, will strive to do the same, utilising their skills and experience to emerge as impactful players. 

Here are 5 players who can emerge as leading wicket-takers in the inaugural edition of the league

5. Shabnim Ismail

Shabnim Ismail (SAF)
Shabnim Ismail (SAF). (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Shabnim Ismail is the most experienced player in the current South Africa squad. In her 16 years of T20I career, she has taken 123 wickets for South Africa in 113 games at an economy of 5.77. Her immense international experience grabbed the attention of UP Warriorz (UPW) as the franchise signed her at INR 1 crore in the Player Auction. 

In the league, the veteran’s role will be crucial for her franchise. With her experience and talent, she will lead the spin attack of the Warriorz. The 34-year-old will get the support of India’s Deepti Sharma and England’s Sophie Ecclestone as well to reinforce the bowling unit. 

Recently, she looked impressive for her national team in the 2023 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. The 34-year-old grabbed eight wickets in six matches at an economy of 5.86 and became the second-leading wicket-taker for her team in the competition.  

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