The Gujarat Giants have made the decision by bringing in former Indian cricket captain Mithali Raj as a mentor and advisor for the upcoming Women’s Premier League (WPL). Adani Sportsline, the sports arm of the Adani Group, recently acquired the Giants during the franchise auction. They were one of the five franchises to officially announce their team name.
There were initial rumours about Mithali joining the WPL as a player, but those were put to rest when the owners of the Gujarat Giants confirmed her appointment as their mentor and advisor for the season. Pranav Adani, the Director of Adani Enterprises, expressed his excitement about this partnership, saying they are looking forward to scoring great innings with Mithali on board.
Mithali is considered one of the greatest female cricket players of all time, having led the Indian women’s team to countless victories and set numerous records. She retired from all forms of cricket in June of last year after playing in 12 Tests, 232 ODIs, and 89 T20Is.
As the leading run-scorer in women’s ODIs and a successful captain, she brings a wealth of experience to the Giants’ team. Her guidance and advice will be valuable for the franchise as they prepare for the upcoming WPL player auction, where they aim to build a championship-winning squad.
Adani Sportsline won the bid for the Ahmedabad franchise with a record-breaking offer of Rs. 1289 crore, which was the highest bid among all five teams. The player auction for the WPL is expected to take place next week, with several superstars from around the world up for grabs. Each of the five teams will have a budget of Rs. 12 crores to assemble their teams.