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'Unfair, Really Surprised': Anjum Chopra on Athapaththu going unsold at WPL Auction

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India, Dec. 10 (NDTV) - One of the biggest surprises of the WPL auction was Chamari Athapaththu going unsold, despite being a sought-after player in T20 leagues worldwide

Former Indian skipper Anjum Chopra expressed surprise at Sri Lankan star Chamari Athapaththu going unsold in the Women's Premier League (WPL) auction on Sunday. Australian all-rounder Annabel Sutherland and uncapped Indian pacer Kashvee Gautam attracted the biggest bids of Rs 2 crores each from Delhi Capitals (DC) and Gujarat Giants (GG) respectively while another uncapped India batter Vrinda Dinesh from Karnataka was bought by UP Warriorz for Rs 1.3 crores at the Women's Premier League (WPL) auction 2024 on Saturday.

However, one of the biggest surprises of the event was Chamari going unsold, despite being a sought-after player in T20 leagues worldwide and her recent great form. England's Tammy Beaumont, Australian all-rounder Kim Garth, and West Indies legend Deandra Dottin were other notable big stars who went unsold.

Speaking on JioCinema, Anjum expressed surprise at Chamari going unsold, calling it unfair because she is influential enough to tell people what she really is through her batting and all-round performances.

"It is unfair because people in that auction room would have watched her performance in the WBBL. They would have seen what happened in England. She would not have to tell people who she is. She has that influence through her performances with the bat. So, I am really surprised that a player with all-round abilities like hers is going unsold. Here is a player who can do two jobs for you and is still going unsold. How is it that these teams are not seeing the quality that this player possesses," said Anjum.

In 122 T20Is, Chamari has scored 2,651 runs at an average of 22.65, with a strike rate of over 106. She has scored a century and eight fifties and her best score is 113. She also has 40 wickets in the format, with the best figures of 3/17. She is Sri Lanka's highest T20I run-scorer and overall ninth-highest, with New Zealand's Suzie Bates (4,118 runs in 152 matches) at the top.

This year, Chamari has scored 470 runs in 16 T20Is at an average of 31.33 and a strike rate of over 130. She has three half-centuries and the best score of 80*. She has also taken eight wickets this year, with the best figures of 3/21.

Chamari has played a lot of T20 cricket worldwide, in England, in Australia's Women's Big Bash League (WBBL), West Indies' Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and India's Women's T20 Challenge.

In the recently concluded WBBL season this year, Chamari played for Sydney Thunder and emerged as the second-highest run-scorer with 552 runs at an average of 42.46, with a strike rate of over 127. She scored five fifties in 14 innings, with the best score of 80. She also took nine wickets. She was crowned the 'Player of the Tournament'


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  • Joshua Sunday, 10 December 2023 08:26 PM

    Nothing to be surprised. Its the value of SL passport

    Mahila Monday, 11 December 2023 03:03 AM

    Joshua, Probably, you guessed it correctly!!! However, that's SAD outcome!!!???

    Dilum Sunday, 10 December 2023 08:52 PM

    When our ex cricketers target influential figures like Jay Shah we can expect anything.

    Kennath wal Sunday, 10 December 2023 10:17 PM

    Better all Sri Lankans avoid these corrupt indian leagues . This is the epicenter of all corruption , betting , and ugly stuff. India does not send any of their players to any of other leagues...!

    Rational mind Sunday, 10 December 2023 11:01 PM

    122 T20i and average of 22 strike rate of 106 and most sought after player and 40 wickets The stats speak for itself no offence

    Fred Monday, 11 December 2023 01:28 AM

    Not surprising Anjum. Indian IPL wants to show it is superior and Chamari may not fit that mould coming from a small country like SL. But thanks anyway fairness may prevail in the end

    Fred Monday, 11 December 2023 01:54 AM

    And Anjum something I overlooked to tell you in my earlier comment. Not just the stats its the impact she has on the game. She is a match winner

    Ram Monday, 11 December 2023 03:06 AM

    We can now see even in sport Sri Lanka is looked down as bankrupt in sports

    Cherath Monday, 11 December 2023 07:03 AM

    It could well be the hysterics mentality of the Indian mindset of 'anything or anyone not Indian is not good enough'. Note how 100,000 spectators go with pin drop silence when the opposition batter scores a six or take a wicket! So forget it and move on.

    Citizen k Monday, 11 December 2023 07:32 AM

    Simple ,it is because the names mentioned cannot be influenced to throw the match.Good to see some integrity.

    UniDon Monday, 11 December 2023 08:09 AM

    Not a surprise at all. This is how India's neighbour first works.

    Punchi Monday, 11 December 2023 08:25 AM

    Why does she want to play in the indian WPL and be mocked by the Indian players as being from a country that is perpetually begging and also play in India a country that we historically thought was inferior to us but suddenly seems to have become richer and superior to us and now feeding us.

    Jaffna Tamil, Canada Monday, 11 December 2023 09:28 AM

    Today FBI is landing in India, what more humiliation for this “criminal country”. The Americans and the Canadians are openly humiliating India in the international stage. Thank you America and Canada !!!!

    alan Monday, 11 December 2023 11:38 AM

    make sri lanka great again

    NV JEN Monday, 11 December 2023 01:03 PM

    Sad that the major teams have ignored a talented and spirited player. Take heart Chamari and march on. Your time will come soon in better leagues. Keep adding value thru your performances.

    duncan raux Tuesday, 12 December 2023 04:50 PM

    some kind of player fiixing or some unknown vengance or revange ?


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