'The contribution from the Indian players has really improved' - Marizanne Kapp on takeaways from WPL 2024

With an impressive tally of 11 wickets in six matches and a contribution of 71 runs at a strike rate of 165.11, the South African international has showcased her prowess on the field.

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Delhi Capitals (DC) all-rounder Marizanne Kapp has been instrumental in propelling her team into the Women's Premier League (WPL) final for the second consecutive season. With an impressive tally of 11 wickets in six matches and a contribution of 71 runs at a strike rate of 165.11, the South African international has showcased her prowess on the field.

As the WPL gains momentum as a tournament, much akin to the IPL, it is fast establishing itself as a platform to nurture and highlight budding talents. While seasoned players have led the charge, emerging talents have also left their mark on the tournament.

"There have been quite a few domestic players that have had a big impact on games, with bat or ball. The contribution from the Indian players is something you can see that has really improved. It will just get better and better as the competition goes along," Marizanne Kapp told Hindustan Times.

Kapp also shed light on the evolution of Indian seam bowling post-Jhulan Goswami's exit. With Renuka Singh Thakur leading the attack alongside Arundhati Reddy and Titas Sadhu, Kapp emphasized India's depth in the bowling department. She highlighted the performances of Arundhati Reddy and Shikha Pandey, both leading wicket-takers among Indian pacers with eight scalps each.

"There's no shortage of pacers. If you look at the teams that have been really consistent, they have had more seam bowlers. I'm a big believer that you need a strike bowler in T20 cricket. You need bowlers who can bowl in the middle overs, death overs and Powerplay. Even Shikha Pandey is still bowling brilliantly. The youngsters have particularly impressed in their specific roles," Kapp said.

I'm always open if anyone wants a discussion: Kapp

Drawing parallels with the IPL, Kapp underscored the importance of mentorship from seasoned cricketers in accelerating the growth of young talents.

"I'm always open if anyone wants a discussion. Every now and then they will just ask me after the game whether they should have had a particular field or bowled a certain ball. I will give my opinion, but it doesn't mean I am always right. This league definitely helps the younger bowlers because they have seniors and internationals around whom that they can ask for help," Kapp said.

Also Read: 'Looking forward to playing our best game of the tournament' - DC skipper Meg Lanning ahead of second straight WPL final

In the upcoming WPL 2024 final, Delhi Capitals will lock horns with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on Sunday, March 17. 

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