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Anticipation is soaring as the Women’s Premier League’s second season is all set to commence on February 23rd, 2024. Last year’s inaugural season was a massive success as the quality of cricket was absolutely top-notch. As such, the upcoming season will no doubt, be much bigger in terms of magnitude.
As excitement brews amongst fans and players alike, one prestigious accolade awaits the most consistent run-scorer: the coveted Orange Cap. This season promises to be an even fiercer battle for this honor, with established champions returning and promising young stars eager to make their mark.
It came as a huge shock to fans when Meg Lanning announced her retirement from international cricket back in November. However, fans will finally get to see her back in action as she gears up to lead the Delhi Capitals in the upcoming WPL. Last year, she led the side to the final in which they eventually lost to Mumbai Indians. This time around, she will be looking to complete the unfinished business. While everyone knows about her exceptional leadership credentials, it is also no secret that he is one of the best batters going around. Last year, she ended as the highest run-scorer and her calm composure, calculated strokeplay and experience make her a constant threat. Having had a long break from the game, Lanning will be quite fresh and it should not come as a surprise if she wins the Orange Cap yet again.
The experienced English all-rounder, Nat Sciver Brunt displayed good form during England’s recent tour of India. Sciver-Brunt’s versatility to be either a sheet anchor or a big hitter, coupled with her bowling contributions, makes her a compelling contender to win the prized possession that is the Orange Cap. Like Lanning, she enjoyed a great run last year and her experience combined with the calm environment that MI provides, will hold her in good stead to dominate the run-scoring charts.
Tahlia McGrath, the rising star continues to impress with her aggressive batting and bowling prowess. McGrath’s fearlessness and innovative strokeplay make her a dangerous proposition. She was in decent nick in the recently concluded WBBL, where she scored over 300 runs. However, top form has eluded her for a while now. But as they say, big players step up during big occasions and the WPL is arguably the biggest Women’s franchise based tournament. Hence, McGrath will be looking to get back to her best during the season.
The Indian captain, Harmanpreet Kaur remains a crowd favorite and she has the ability to switch gears at will. Depending on the circumstances, she can anchor the innings or play some absolute blinders. Kaur’s ability to score quickly and change the momentum of the game single-handedly is well-known. Her T20 record of over 3000 runs at an average exceeding 25 and a strike rate nearing 130, speaks for itself. Playing in familiar home conditions with the backing of passionate fans could give her a significant edge.
Ellyse Perry, the veteran all-rounder didn’t have a great run last year, which translated to her team’s overall standing. however, she continues to be a valuable asset. While her bowling might have taken a backseat in recent years, her elegant strokeplay and experience in high-pressure situations remain valuable. However, her form of late hasn’t been too inspiring but Perry is not one to be silenced for too long. If Perry finds her rhythm early in the tournament, she could be a strong contender for the Orange Cap.
Also Check: WPL 2024 Teams Players’ List