Royal Challengers Bangalore were the busiest table in the first set as they lapped up three star players in the inaugural Women’s Premier League player auction held at the Jio Convention Centre, Mumbai.

RCB first grabbed India vice-captain Smriti Mandhana for a record Rs 3.4 Crore and followed it up with buying New Zealand captain Sophie Devine for her base price Rs 50 Lakh and Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry for Rs 1.7 Crore.

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The other top buys were Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur, who went to Mumbai Indians for Rs 1.8 Crore, Australian all-rounder Ash Gardner went to Gujarat Giants for a whopping Rs 3.2 Crore and English spinner Sophie Ecclestone went to UP Warriorz for Rs 1.8 Crore.

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The second set saw Mumbai Indians go all in for English all-rounder Nat Scriver-Brunt for a massive 3.2 Crore. Meanwhile, Australian all-rounder Tahlia McGrath went to UP Warriorz for Rs 1.4 crore. South African pacer Shabnim Ismail went to the Warriorz fo Rs 1 Crore. Australian batter Beth Mooney went to Gujarat Giants for Rs 2 crore. Mumbai Indians grabbed a steal for Rs 1 Crore when they acquired New Zealand’s spin-bowling all-rounder Amelia Kerr.

More than 400 players are in the final player list and a maximum of 90 slots are available with the five teams, with 30 being slotted for overseas players.

Here’s a look at the players sold in the marquee set:

Set No. Player name Country Specialty Base price (in Lakhs) Sold at Team
1 Sophie Devine New Zealand All-rounder 50  50L Royal Challengers Bangalore
1 Sophie Ecclestone England All-rounder 50 1.8Cr UP Warriorz
1 Ashleigh Gardner Australia All-rounder 50 3.2 Cr Gujarat Giants
1 Harmanpreet Kaur India All-rounder 50 1.8 Cr Mumbai Indians
1 Smriti Mandhana India Batter 50 3.4 Cr Royal Challengers Bangalore
1 Hayley Matthews West Indies All-rounder 40 Unsold
1 Ellyse Perry Australia All-rounder 50 1.7 Cr Royal Challengers Bangalore
2 Shabnim Ismail South Africa Bowler 40 1 Cr UP Warriorz
2 Amelia Kerr New Zealand All-rounder 40 1 Cr Mumbai Indians
2 Tahlia Mcgrath Australia All-rounder 40 1.4 Cr Gujarat Giants
2 Beth Mooney Australia Wicketkeeper 40 2 Cr Gujarat Giants
2 Natalie Sciver England All-rounder 50 3.2 Cr Mumbai Indians
2 Deepti Sharma India All-rounder 50 2.6 Cr UP Warriorz
2 Renuka Singh India Bowler 50 1.5 Cr Royal Challengers Bangalore

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