With 3683 runs from 140 matches, the 35-year-old is the leading run-scorer in women’s T20Is.
At the ongoing WPL Auction 2023 in Mumbai on February 13, five Women’s Premier League (WPL) teams are vying for the signatures of the biggest T20 star. The signing of Smriti Mandhana for a whopping INR 3.4 crore by Royal Challengers Bangalore made headlines in the first round of the auction.
Deepti Sharma of India and Ashleigh Gardner of Australia both received large contracts, but the cricketing world was surprised to see some big names go unsold in the main auction round. Suzie Bates, a New Zealand star, failed to attract any bidders, which was one of the biggest surprises.
The veteran batting all-rounder had set a base price of INR 30 lakh, but teams did not appear interested in making a bid for Bates. With only INR 12 crore to spend and a limit of six overseas cricketers, the franchises decided not to pursue Bates; however, she may find a buyer in the accelerated round.