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Delhi Capitals name Meg Lanning as captain, Jemimah Rodrigues as deputy for WPL




Australia’s World Cup-winning captain Meg Lanning will lead Delhi Capitals (DC) in the inaugural edition of the Women’s Premier League (WPL), while India’s star batsman Jemimah Rodrigues will be her vice-captain, the franchise announced on Thursday. The 30-year-old Lanning recently captained Australia to a record sixth title win in the T20 Women’s World Cup, where they defeated hosts South Africa in the title clash. Lanning is the third Australian cricketer to be named captain by WPL teams, with Beth Mooney being named captain Gujarat Giants and Alyssa Healy as UP Warriors.

“It’s a very proud moment for me,” Lanning said after being named the captain of Delhi Capitals during an event in Mumbai.

“…First of all it is a huge honor to be joining a franchise like Delhi Capitals and to be the captain and it is something I am very much looking forward to.

Lanning has played 132 T20 matches for Australia, in which he has scored 3405 runs.

He added, “It’s really important to get the team together and get to know everyone. It’s about enjoying yourself and getting the best out of yourself.”

Lanning arrived in the city on Thursday morning ahead of the start of the tournament on Saturday.

Delhi Capitals had their first training session on Monday, with their coach and players arriving in Mumbai – the host city of the first WPL – a few days ahead of the tournament.

They will play their first match against the Smriti Madhana-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Brabourne Stadium on Sunday.

Jemimah played a key role in India’s campaign which ended in a semi-final defeat against Australia.

Talking about her role as the vice-captain of the Delhi team, the 22-year-old Indian batsman said, “I am going to make the most of it. She (Meg) is one of the greatest leaders we have ever seen.” Is.” India opener Shafali Verma is also a part of the Capitals team.

Delhi Capitals will be coached by two-time title winner in The Hundred, Jonathan Batty, while former England head coach Lisa Keightley and former India player and selector Hemlata Kala are the assistant coaches.

Biju George, who previously worked with the Indian women’s team, has been named fielding coach.

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