Delhi Capitals captain Meg Lanning
Meg Lanning, the captain of Australia, will captain the Delhi Capitals team in the Women’s Premier League (WPL), which kicks off on March 4 in Mumbai. Lanning has led Australia to a record four T20 World Cup victories, including the most recent one, which the team won last month in South Africa after defeating the home team in the championship match.
For the WPL, Lanning, 30, arrived in Mumbai on Thursday. She has participated in 132 T20 Internationals, scoring 3405 runs, including two century and fifteen half-centuries, at an average of 36.61 and a strike rate of 116.37. She has captained Australia in 100 T20Is, more than any other female player in the format.
When the Capitals face Royal Challengers Bangalore on March 5 at the Brabourne Stadium, Jemimah Rodrigues will serve as vice captain.
“It’s a very proud occasion for me, first to be connected with Delhi Capitals and then to lead them,” Lanning said of her appointment. It’s all about having fun and being your best self.
“WPL is a significant development for the sport; it is both a logical progression and a sound decision. It is great that the WPL is active and that you can participate in something like this because cricket is an integral part of people’s life in India. In the upcoming years, it will only continue to expand.
After Alyssa Healy for the UP Warriorz and Beth Mooney for the Gujarat Giants, Lanning is the third Australian player to captain a WPL team. Harmanpreet Kaur, the captain of India, will lead the Mumbai Indians, and Smriti Mandhana will lead the Royal Challengers.