WPL 2023: Meg Lanning named Delhi Capitals’ skipper ahead of inaugural edition

Delhi Capitals have announced Australia’s Meg Lanning as the captain of the side ahead of Women’s Premier League (WPL). Lanning, who got her hands on a fourth T20 World Cup title in South Africa recently, is the most successful captain in the game, with five ICC trophies to her name.

The Australian skipper arrived in Mumbai after her side’s triumph against South Africa in the T20 World Cup final. Delhi Capitals announced her appointment as the captain upon on Thursday, March 2. Indian batting ace Jemimah Rodrigues will serve as the depute to the Australian serial winner.

WPL is a massive moment for the sport: Meg Lanning

The 30-year-old expressed her delight after being named the captain of Delhi Capitals. She is excited to be part of the league that is set to propel women’s cricket to the next level. She expects the competition to grow even further in the coming years, citing India’s love for the sport.

“It’s a very proud moment for me, firstly to be involved with Delhi Capitals and then to lead them. It’s about enjoying yourself, and getting the best out of yourself. WPL is a massive moment for the sport, it’s the logical next step and makes a lot of sense. Cricket in India is people’s lives and the fact that WPL is up and running, and to be involved in something like this, is amazing. It’s only going to grow in the coming years,” Lanning said in an official statement.

The appointment of Lanning means all five participating franchises have now named their leaders. Her compatriots Beth Mooney and Alyssa Healy will lead Gujarat Giants and UP Warriorz respectively. While Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur will lead the Mumbai Indians. Batting ace Smriti Mandhana will captain the Royal Challengers Bangalore.