In a historic moment for women’s cricket, Vrinda Dinesh, the explosive Karnataka opener, emerged as a shining star in the Women’s Premier League (WPL) auction, securing an astounding INR 1.30 crore deal with UP Warriorz for the highly anticipated 2024 season.
Dinesh, entering the auction with a modest base price of INR 10 lakhs, quickly became the center of attention, with Gujarat Giants, UP Warriorz, and Royal Challengers Bangalore vying for her talents. After a spirited bidding war, it was UP Warriorz who triumphed with a winning bid of INR 1.30 crore, a testament to their belief in Dinesh’s cricketing prowess.
The 22-year-old’s journey to this lucrative deal is underlined by her stellar domestic performances. In the 2022-23 season, Dinesh showcased her batting prowess in the Senior Women’s One-Day competition, amassing an impressive 477 runs from 11 games at an average of 47.70 and a striking strike rate of 84.27. Additionally, in the inter-zonal One-Day competition, she continued her fine form, accumulating 196 runs in five games, maintaining an average of 49 and an impressive strike rate of 105.37. Dinesh’s T20 record is equally commendable, with 357 runs in 17 matches at a blistering strike rate of 126.10.
Beyond her domestic triumphs, Dinesh’s recent inclusion in the India ‘A’ squad and her pivotal role in India A’s victory in the ACC Emerging Teams Cup underscore her rising stature in the cricketing world.
As Dinesh prepares to join the ranks of international cricket stars such as Alyssa Healy, Sophie Ecclestone, and Deepti Sharma in the WPL 2024, UP Warriorz seems poised to strengthen their batting lineup significantly.