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Exclusive: Flop Players 11 of WPL 2023 – Smriti Mandhana to Lead

Smriti Mandhana to lead while Sushma Verma to keep as we look at the flop players 11 for WPL 2023. 

It’s been only a week since the first edition of the Women’s Premier League concluded, but the vibes of the tournament are still there. Regarded as a historic step in the Women’s cricket world, the WPL 2023 provided a huge platform for budding cricketers from India and some star cricketers across the world. 

Around 87 players participated in the tournament which ran for 23 days. While a good number of players made a huge impact positively, we also saw a few players who couldn’t make a mark in the tournament. There’s no doubt about the quality of these reasons, but their failure could have more to do with mindset and the new tournament nerves. 

Nevertheless, let’s look at the 11 such players who failed to make any mark in the tournament; we call it the flop 11 of WPL 2023. Again, the intention of the article is not to demean any player, but to highlight their performance in the tournament. Before we get to that, let’s look at the methodology that would help us arrive at the final 11 players. 

Stats Wizard Methodology:

Batting: As always, we have analyzed the batting performances basis the batting rating calculated from the overall aspect of the game such as runs scored, consistency, the number of match-winning & good knocks, acceleration bonus, and power-hitting bonus. 

Bowling: We have analyzed the bowling performances basis the bowling rating calculated from the overall aspect of the game such as wickets taken, consistency, the number of match-winning and good spells, number of maidens bowled, and economy rate bonus.

Top-order: Smriti Mandhana, Shweta Sehrawat and Devika Vaidya

The top-order players who failed to make an impact in WPL 2023 are Smriti Mandhana, Shweta Sehrawat, and Devika Vaidya. Smriti Mandhana, the most expensive player of WPL 2023 looked the most disappointing of the lot. Not once in 8 innings did she cross fifty with the highest score being 37. With 149 runs from 8 innings, Mandhana could only achieve a rating of 3.2

Coming to the other two top-order players, we have the UP Warriorz duo of Shweta Sehrawat and Devika Vaidya. Both failed to make any impact in the tournament with Shweta scoring just 34 runs from 6 innings and Devika scoring 77 runs from 7 innings. Overall, Shweta could only achieve a rating of 0.86 and Devika got a rating of 1.65. 

Middle-order: Sabbhineni Meghana and Annabel Sutherland

Coming to the middle order, we have Sabbhineni Meghana and Annabel Sutherland from Gujarat Giants. Sabbhineni could only manage 81 runs from 6 innings with a highest score of 31 and a performance rating of 2.12. At the same time, Sutherland remains the only foreigner in the team. Being an all-rounder, Sutherland could only manage 28 runs and 3 wickets from the 4 matches she played. 

Lower-order: Sushma Verma and Simran Shaikh

Talking about the lower order, we have wicket-keeper Sushman Verma and Simran Shaikh. Having Sushma in the team shouldn’t come as a surprise. Not just as a batter, Sushma didn’t give good returns as wicket-keeper too. Overall, Sushma could only manage 42 runs from 6 innings and just 5 dismissals to her name.

Meanwhile, Simran Shaikh would want to forget the tournament at the earliest. She could only manage to score 29 runs from 7 innings. Overall, she lasted just 48 balls on the pitch, and maintained a strike rate of just 60.4. With an unforgettable consistency of 0%, Simran had the highest score of just 11 runs and a performance rating of 0.64. 

Bowlers: Radha Yadav, Preeti Bose, Renuka Singh and Tanuja Kanwar

Coming to the bowlers, we have the Indian quartet of Radha Yadav, Preeti Bose, Renuka Singh, and Tanuja Kanwar. Of the four, Renuka remains the worst of the lot. The leader of the pace attack for Team India, Renuka could only manage 1 wicket from the 6 innings she played. Her bowling average of 159 and performance rating of 0.7 remains the worst of all good bowlers. 

Other than Renuka, Preeti Bose had a poor WPL 2023 where she could only pick 3 wickets from 6 outings at an average of 54. Whereas Radha Yadav, the only Delhi Capitals player could take only 3 wickets from 8 outings at an average of 49.7. Finally, Tanuja Kanwar looked out of form having taken just 5 wickets from 8 outings at an average of 47.8. 

Flop 11 of the Tournament for WPL 2023:

Smriti Mandhana, Shweta Sehrawat, Devika Vaidya, Sabbhineni Meghana, Annabel Sutherland, Sushma Verma, Simran Shaikh, Radha Yadav, Preeti Bose, Renuka Singh & Tanuja Kanwar

So, that’s about the worst performing or flop 11 for IPL 2023. We hope these players come back from the misery, and make good returns in the upcoming year.  

Thanks for reading! What’s your take on the flop players 11 for WPL 2023? Please email your thoughts to cric8fanatic@gmail.com


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Sonal Jain

Sonal is an experienced cricket author with over 5 years of experience in the field. She follows Indian cricket to the core with a deep interest in the Indian Premier League, World Cup, IPL 2024, etc.

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