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UP Warriorz's most expensive WPL 2024 signee ruled out of remainder of tournament, team names replacement

UP Warriorz have been dealt with a big blow as a player has been ruled out of the remainder of the Women's Premier League. The Warriorz face Royal Challengers Bangalore in their 5th match of the tournament.

Varun Malik Written By: Varun Malik @varunm0212 New Delhi Updated on: March 04, 2024 20:47 IST
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UP Warriorz have been dealt with a big blow as their most expensive signee of the WPL 2024 auctions Vrinda Dinesh has been ruled out of the remainder of the tournament. Vrinda is out of the season due to a shoulder injury she sustained during her team's clash against Mumbai Indians. The UP side has named wicket-keeper batter Uma Chetry as her replacement.

The WPL body confirmed the development after releasing a media statement on Monday. "UP Warriorz’s Vrinda Dinesh is ruled out of the remainder of the TATA Women’s Premier League after suffering a shoulder injury during Match 6 (28th February) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru against Mumbai Indians," the governing body wrote.

"The UP Warriorz have signed wicket-keeper batter Uma Chetry as a replacement at her reserve price of INR 10 lakhs. Uma recently played for India A against England A and was also a part of the victorious India A Emerging squad that won the ACC Emerging Women’s Asia Cup 2023," it added.

Notably, Vrinda was the most expensive pick of UP Warriorz in the WPL 2024 auction. She took a handsome sum of Rs 1.3 Crore and was paid even more than their captain Alyssa Healy takes for one season. 

She is the second-most expensive player of the WPL 2024 auction, only behind the duo of Kashvee Gautam and Annabel Sutherland, both of whom were picked up for Rs 2 Crore each. Vrinda played in three games in the ongoing season of the tournament and made 18 runs. She made 18 while opening the innings with Alyssa Healy in their opening clash against the Royal Challengers Bangalore on February 24. She picked a duck in the second outing against Delhi Capitals before she got injured during the game against Mumbai Indians. 

Vrinda did not come out to open the innings and in her place Kiran Navgire opened against Mumbai and smashed a match-winning 57 from 31 balls. 

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