Gujarat Giants Bolster Squad with INR 2 Crore Acquisition of Kashvee Gautam in WPL Auction

Gujarat Giants make a significant statement in the WPL 2024 auction, acquiring the services of Kashvee Gautam for a whopping INR 2 crores.

In a groundbreaking development, fast-bowling all-rounder Kashvee Gautam has emerged as the most expensive uncapped player in the Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2024 auction, securing a significant deal with the Gujarat Giants for INR 2 crores. Former India player Abhinav Mukund expresses confidence in Kashvee’s fast-bowling abilities, highlighting her as the missing link the team was seeking.

Mukund commends the impressive overseas contingent of the Gujarat Giants, featuring players like Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Laura Wolvaardt, and the recent addition of Kathryn Bryce. He notes the team’s strategic focus on securing a new-ball bowler, with Kashvee Gautam fitting the bill perfectly.

Kashvee, who played for India A in the T20 series against England A last year and was part of India ‘A’ squad that won the ACC Emerging tournament in Hong Kong in June 2023, brings a wealth of experience. Last month, she was honored with the Jagmohan Dalmiya Trophy for being the best women cricketer in the junior domestic circuit for the 2019-20 season.

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Mithali Raj, the former India captain and mentor of the Gujarat Giants, views Kashvee Gautam as a strategic investment for the team’s future. Raj emphasizes that the team evaluates players for two seasons, considering Kashvee’s all-around skills – bowling, batting, and fielding – making her a valuable addition.

Saba Karim, former India men’s wicketkeeper-batter, directs attention to Australia opener Phoebe Litchfield, recognizing her as another key player to watch. Litchfield, the ICC Emerging Women’s Cricketer of the Year for the 2023 season, is expected to play a crucial role in containing the top order.

Gujarat Giants, having finished last in the inaugural edition of the WPL in 2023, aim for a strong comeback in the upcoming season. With a focus on balance and strengthening the pace attack, the team is gearing up for their opening match against defending champions Mumbai Indians at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on February 25.

IANS