The first edition of the Women’s T20 League will kick start on March 4. Mumbai and Gujarat will clash against each other in the first match of the tournament at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai. The first season will consist of a total of 20 League matches and two playoff games. The Delhi-based franchise spent a lot of money on Shafali Verma and Jemimah Rodrigues, but there is a big question, who will they name their captain as Meg Lanning is also in the team.
Former Indian Cricketer Aakash Chopra believes that the franchise will get confused as they got in the Indian T20 League between Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant. Chopra also mentioned that Delhi’s batting lineup is looking strong.
"They broke their bank for Jemimah and Shafali. They came with a clear plan. It is a slight eye on the future, that they make the core of their team going forward as well. They did something similar with Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer. Their philosophy is to go in that direction."
"If we see their batters - Jemimah Rodrigues, Meg Lanning, Shafali Verma, Laura Harris (who is Grace Harris' sister and some people say that she hits more than Grace), Jasia Akhtar (it is a beautiful story as she comes from Shopian), Sneha Deepthi - so the batting is looking good.”
I am seeing batting depth in this team: Aakash Chopra
The cricketer-turned-commentator even talked about the all-rounders and said that they have signed great overseas players. He said that the franchise should announce Meg Lanning as their captain as she is also leading the Australian team and her individual performance is also awesome.
"I will make it even better for you because, in the all-rounders' category, they have Marizanne Kapp, Alice Capsey and Jess Jonassen. If I see their overseas contingent, it looks awesome. I am seeing batting depth in this team."
"I think Meg Lanning is their captain. In my opinion, you should announce her as the captain now. I am saying Meg Lanning will be the captain. Outstanding cricketer - she is Australia's captain, what else is left after that? She has been a phenomenal player."