With the Men's IPL reaching its end stages, it is time for the women to showcase their cricketing skills. The women's IPL is set to begin from November 4th extending till the 9th of the same month.
Some big names will be a part of the competition while some big names will be missing out too. Ellyse Perry, Meg Lanning, Megan Schutt, etc will not be a part of the competition in UAE as they are busy in representing their Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) franchises.
Three teams, Velocity, Supernovas and Trailblazers will be a part of the tournament with several Indian and overseas players, so let's see who will be the top 7 Indian and overseas players to look for in the competition.
1) Mithali Raj (Velocity)
The Pride of Indian women's cricket and perhaps the best in the game's history, Mithali will return to the field as the Velocity skipper in the women's T20 challenge.
The 37-year-old legend has featured in 89 T20 matches, scoring 2364 runs with an average of 37.52. It will be interesting to see how she fares after returning to the pitch after a long time.
2) Chamari Atapattu (Supernovas)
The Srilankan women's International team's skipper will be a part of the challenge as well. Her blistering strike rate of 135.08, Chamari will be looking forward to replicate her brilliant batting in the T20 World Cup.
The 30-year-old has 1646 runs in 85 T20Is and her experience would only help her more to achieve in the tournament.
3) Smriti Mandhana (Trailblazers)
Mandhana is the youngest captain of the Women's T20 Challenge and it will be wonderful to see her approach.
Her Women T20 World Cup 2020 was not her best as she managed to score only 49 runs in 4 innings. The left-handed explosive batswoman would be hoping to return back in form as soon as possible.
4) Deandra Dottin
It may not be very harsh to say that the West Indians are perhaps the best when it comes to consistently hitting the ball out of the park.
The West Indian all-rounder would surely approve of it, as the batswoman more like an all-rounder became the first female cricketer to hit 100 sixes in WT20Is.
Every game is scheduled to take place at Sharjah and it will be very intriguing to see which of the top contenders prove what they can actually do.
5) Harmanpreet Kaur (Supernovas)
The experienced batswoman will be eyeing her third title as the all-rounder has broken numerous records already.
Being the first women to score a ton in women's T20Is, she is also the first player (male and female) to play 100 T20I matches.
Her recent performance in the latest World Cup was an underwhelming one but she would definitely fancy hitting sixes out of Sharjah.
6) Sophie Ecclestone (Trailblazers)
The no.1 bowler in women's T20 will be joining with Mandhana in her quest for this season's title.
She was exquisite as she dished out her career-best performance in the grandest stage of all, the World Cup. She had an unbelievable economy of just 3.23 after bowling 15.1 overs.
Considering that the games will be played at Sharjah, things may get ugly for the premier spinner.
7) Shafali Verma (Velocity)
The youngster has shown some promising signs already and the future only seems to get brighter for the explosive opener.
The 16-year-old has already become the youngest woman player to feature information Indian in T20s.
She was also adjudged as the no.1 batswoman in the ICC Women's T20I player rankings in March 2020.
She was also the 5th-highest run-scorer in the T20 World Cup and moreover, she was the player to have hit the maximum number of sixes in the tournament.