Ellyse Perry to Shafali Verma: Who makes it to WPL 2024 best XI?

Ellyse Perry will be the first name on the WPL 2024 best XI for her pivotal role in Royal Challengers Bangalore lifting the trophy on Sunday. The RCB franchise winning their maiden title across men's or women's leagues was a historic moment and fans flocked the streets in celebration. 

The WPL 2024 was as successful as the inaugural edition, with Bengaluru and Delhi welcoming Women's Premier League with packed stadiums. The season concluded on March 17 at Delhi, where RCB Women defeated Delhi Capitals to clinch the trophy. Today we take a look at the best performers in the tournament and try to come up with the Best XI of WPL 2024.

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Who makes it to WPL 2024 best XI?

The WPL 2024 saw some excellent performances in the last month. The two finalists naturally had more in-form players and so we have four players each from Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore. UP Warriorz had Deepti Sharma and Sophie Ecclestone, while Mumbai Indians weren't at their best. 

WPL 2024 best XI 

Shafali Verma (309 runs @ 38.62 avg / 156.85 strike rate)

Shafali Verma has been sensational in both seasons of the WPL. Her ability to take on the bowlers and score at a quick rate was on display yet again. This year, she made 309 runs from nine games at an average 38.62 while striking at a superb rate of 156.85. Shafali won the award for the most sixes in the season.

Meg Lanning (c) (331 runs @ 36.77 avg / 123 strike rate)

Meg Lanning wasn't at her best in the WPL 2024 yet was prolific at the top of the order. She was the second leading run-scorer in the competition with 331 runs at a strike rate of 123 while averaging 36.77. Lanning registered four fifties in nine games, which were the most by a batter in this season. Having led DC Women to two finals and her overall captaincy record, there's no one better to lead the WPL 2024 Best XI. 

Ellyse Perry (347 runs @ 69.4 avg, 7 wickets @ 6.81 rpo)

Ellyse Perry, arguably the face of women's cricket for over a decade, had an outstanding campaign for RCB. She won the Orange Cap for the most runs in the season, scoring 347 runs at an average of 69.4 and strike rate of 125.72. In their final group game, she recorded 6 for 15 with the ball and scored an unbeaten 40 against Mumbai Indians. She struck 66 in the eliminator versus the same opponent and 35 not-out in the final to anchor a tricky chase. 

Harmanpreet Kaur (268 runs @ 53.6 avg / 141 strike rate)

Mumbai Indians' captain Harmanpreet Kaur was their most in-form batter in the tournament. She made 268 runs from seven innings at an average of 53.6 and strike rate of 141. Kaur struck 55 off 34 in their opening game against DC and her 95* off 48 versus Gujarat Giants was one of the most stunning innings in women's T20 cricket. 

Richa Ghosh (wk) (257 runs @ 42.83 avg / 141.98 strike rate)

Richa Ghosh was a key player for RCB in their triumphant campaign. The wicket-keeper batter scored 257 runs in nine innings at an average of 42.83 while striking at nearly 142. Ghosh registered two fifties in the competition. She struck 62 off 37 versus UP Warriorz earlier in the season and another fifty against Mumbai Indians in the final group match. 

Jemimah Rodrigues (235 runs @ 39.16 avg / 153.59 strike rate)

The Delhi Capitals middle order batter was exceptional in the season and makes into the WPL 2024 Best XI. Coming in at several different entry points, Jemimah Rodrigues scored at a very good rate more often than not. She made 235 runs from nine innings at 39.16 average and 153.59 strike rate, including two fifties. 

Deepti Sharma (295 runs @ 98.33 avg, 10 wickets @ 7.23 rpo)

Deepti Sharma was awarded the most valuable player of the WPL 2024 for her all-round performance. The UP Warriorz off-spinner took 10 wickets in the season at an economy of 7.23, including 4/19 versus Delhi Capitals. With the bat, she top scored for her side with 295 runs at an average of 98.33 and strike rate of 136.57. She struck three fifties, including 88 not-out in 60 versus Gujarat Giants. 

Marizanne Kapp (11 wickets @ 6.28 rpo)

The South African all-rounder didn't have a good WPL 2024 with the bat, only managing 79 runs from seven innings. But she was the best pace bowler in the competition. Marizanne Kapp picked 11 wickets in seven games with an excellent economy of 6.28. Her best figures of 3 for 5 in four overs came against UP Warriorz Women. 

Shreyanka Patil (13 wickets @ 7.30 rpo)

Shreyanka Patil was one of the finds of the inaugural WPL season. This year, she will be part of the WPL 2024 best XI as the leading wicket-taker of the tournament. The Purple Cap winner took 13 wickets in eight games at an economy of 7.30, including best bowling figures of 4 for 12 which came in the final. 

Sophie Ecclestone (11 wickets @ 6.57 rpo)

The world number one bowler Sophie Ecclestone was brilliant with the ball for UP Warriorz in the WPL 2024. For anyone who bowled a minimum 10 overs, she was the third most economical bowler and the most economical spinner. Ecclestone picked 11 wickets in eight games at 6.57 rpo. 

Asha Sobhana (12 wickets @ 7.11 rpo)

The 33-year old leg-break bowler made a big impact for RCB Women in the WPL 2024. Asha Sobhana was the second highest wicket-taker in the season with 12 scalps at 7.11 rpo. She snared 5 for 22 in their opening game of the season against UP Warriorz and 2 for 14 in the final versus DC Women. She completes a versatile bowling attack for the WPL 2024 best XI. 


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