The Gujarat Giants took a unique approach in the 2023 Women's Premier League (WPL) auction by not opting for big-ticket Indian players.
The team managed to rope in 18 players, including six overseas players, with the remaining ₹7.15 crore of their 12-crore purse.
The Giants' primary focus seemed to be on their foreign recruits, with Ashleigh Gardner being the most expensive at ₹3.2 crore, followed by Beth Mooney for ₹2 crore.
The team spent only a meager amount on their domestic picks, with only two Indian players selected above ₹30 lakh.
The Giants will need to rely heavily on their foreign players to balance the team, and this might lead to some overseas players batting out of position.
Cricket expert Aakash Chopra predicted that the Giants might struggle to create a stable batting order.
The team's success will heavily depend on the performances of their overseas players, especially Ashleigh Gardner, who could also be a potential captain.
The Giants have taken a considerable risk by not investing heavily in Indian players, but a Gujarat-based team had previously won the Indian Premier League (IPL) title despite being considered the weakest team.
The Giants will have to figure out a stable batting order and hope that their inexperienced Indian players can contribute significantly.