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The Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore is set to light up as Ellyse Perry will take the field alongside star India cricketer Smriti Mandhana.
Ellyse Perry, an all-rounder from Australia, will play for the Royal Challengers Bangalore after the team bid INR 1.70 crore for her services during the Women’s Premier League (WPL) auction. Teams have started raising their paddles in the first-ever WPL auction in an effort to expand their rosters and secure some of the best cricketers in front of the premier league’s first season.
Ellyse Perry was one of the well-known names to keep an eye on among the 29 Australians up for sale. With a reserve price in the auction of INR 50 Lakh, Perry positioned herself in the top tier. The seasoned all-arounder has made a name for herself as a model team member. It therefore came as no surprise when teams like the Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore started raising their paddles for the Australian star right away.
Before the start of the inaugural WPL season, Bangalore finally hired Perry after franchises consistently raised their paddles in the process. With the wealth of expertise and exceptional leadership abilities she possesses, the franchise has made a superb choice in the bidding process.
Ellyse Perry attains historic feat in T20Is
It is important to note that the ace all-rounder accomplished a remarkable milestone in the T20Is by becoming the first Australian to score more than 1500 runs and take more than 100 wickets in the competition. This happened after the 32-year-old right-hander beat New Zealand in the current Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa, scoring 40 runs in just 22 balls.
In addition, Perry guided the Sydney Sixers of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) to consecutive championships in the 2016–17 and 2017–18 seasons. When Perry and renowned Indian cricketer Smriti Mandhana enter the pitch together, the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore is sure to come alive.
As many as 246 Indians are part of the auction whereas 163 players are from the overseas nations, of which eight players belong to the associate nations. The competition is scheduled to be played between March 4 and March 26 at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai and Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.