India women’s cricket team vice-captain Smriti Mandhana grabbed all the limelight on Monday as she became the costliest buy during the player auction of the Women’s Premier League. I
n an event held in Mumbai, Mandhana was roped in by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for a whopping total of Rs. 3.4 crores. Apart from this, RCB went on to break the bank for Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry as they bought her at a sum of 1.7 crores. As the auctions for the inaugural edition of the WPL turned out to be a historic event, some fans did not shy away from making a meme fest out of it.
Taking to Twitter, fans congratulated Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry for fetching such high bids and mocked Pakistan skipper Babar Azam for getting less pay in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), in comparison to Mandhana.
“HUGE! Smriti Mandhana’s WPL salary is now more than Babar Azam’s PSL salary,” tweeted a fan.
“Babar Azam Price in PSL – 2.30 CR. SMRITI MANDHANA – 3.4 Cr. And they Compare PSL with IPL. #WPLAuction #WPL2023,” tweeted another fan.
Apart from Mandhana and Perry, RCB also signed talented Team India players like Renuka Singh and Richa Ghosh while Sophie Devine provides the support on the international talent front. Along with the youth on offer, the RCB franchise also made two smart picks in signing the experienced duo of Heather Knight and Dane van Nikerk for their respective base prices.