WPL 2023: Best India XI from second week of tournament
These Indian players look impactful for their franchises in two weeks of the maiden WPL.
After witnessing two weeks of the 2023 Women’s Premier League (WPL) action, fans are now eager to see the final picture of the knockout round. So far, overseas cricketers have dominated the tournament in a couple of weeks. Players such as Meg Lanning, Amelia Kerr, Hayley Matthews, Ellyse Perry, and Sophie Devine have displayed their efficiency and delivered solid numbers to their teams.
Talking about Indian names, the costliest WPL player and RCB skipper Smriti Mandhana has failed to live up to the expectations. However, there are also a few Indians who have been impactful in the tournament. Playing the domestic league, these Indian players have utilised home conditions brilliantly and emerged as stalwarts for their franchises.
Here is the best India XI after the week2 of the WPL
1. Shafali Verma
The 19-year-old Shafali Verma has impressed WPL fans with her top-notch batting displays. Along with her skipper Meg Lanning, she has fulfilled her role of an opener by delivering fierce starts to the team. In her first game against Royal Challengers (RCB), she came hard on bowlers and scored 84 runs that helped her team to register a colossal 60-run win.
After the first game, she struggled to be among the runs in the next couple of matches. However, she got her rhythm back again in the fourth game. Riding on her 76-run knock that came off just 28 deliveries, the Capitals succeeded in vanquishing the Giants with 10 wickets in hand.
So far, the 19-year-old has notched up 187 runs in six contests with two half-centuries at a phenomenal strike rate of 185.14. The right-handed batter’s role will be essential for her side to be dominant against the opponents in further games in the competition.