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WPL 2023: Best XI from sold players at auction

449 players featured at the auction but with a squad limit of 18, only 87 players were able to take home WPL contracts.

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Smriti Mandhana, Ashleigh Gardner, and Nat Sciver-Brunt
Smriti Mandhana, Ashleigh Gardner, and Nat Sciver-Brunt. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The WPL 2023 auction (WPL) lived up to its hype and fans witnessed some breathtaking action. Top-drawer players from around the world went under the hammer and franchises did not shy away from breaking their banks to acquire them. Of the 449 players who featured at the marquee event in Mumbai, 87 players took home WPL contracts.

All the players who garnered interest at the auction table have proven their mettle on the cricket field and have the potential to take WPL 2023 by storm with their performances. Let us form a star-studded playing XI from the players who were sold at the marquee event.

Here is the best sold XI of the auction:

1. Smriti Mandhana

Smriti Mandhana has been a run-bank in the international arena. She has featured in 77 ODIs and aggregated 3073 runs at a strike rate of 83.91. Talking about the shortest format, the ace batter has scored 2713 runs in 114 matches at a strike rate of 123.26.

Mandhana has put up an exhibition of her glorious stroke play and provided the Women in Blue with cracking starts on a consistent basis. Besides her batting might, she is a brilliant reader of the game and has displayed her captaincy credentials in the international arena in the absence of India’s incumbent skipper Harmanpreet Kaur.

When Mandhana's turn arrived at the WPL 2023 auction, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore went into a bidding war to sign her and eventually, RCB acquired her services for a staggering sum of INR 3.4 crore, making her the most expensive player of the marquee event.

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