Mumbai: Mumbai’s rising star Diya Chitale proved to be the biggest draw in the 11SPORTS’ Mumbai Super League (MSL) auction, becoming the highest bid player at the National Sports Club of India here on Tuesday afternoon. The Under-18 India TT player was picked up by Ping Panthers for Rs 38,000, cornering almost half the purse available to her franchise.
The prestigious championship had a pool of 90 players in various categories, including Men, Women, Junior Boys, Junior Girls, Cadet Boys and Veterans, and each of the 10 franchises had a purse of Rs 1,05,000 to build their team. Sixteen-year-old Diya, emerged as the most valuable player in the exciting auction.
King Pong were not too far behind, bagging the in-form Madhurika Patkar, who qualified for the main draw of the World TT Championships currently underway in Budapest, to line up a solid squad.Last year’s champions Blazing Bashers too opted for youngsters, going for young Raegan Albuquerque (World No. 57; U-18 Boys). ACE, last year’s runners-up, recruited Senhora D’souza, a player who had hurt them in the finals.
The other top picks during the auction were: Siddhesh Pande (Rs 35,000; Supreme Fighters), Deepit Patil (Rs.31,500; West Coast Rangers), Divya Deshpande (Rs 30,500; Century Warriors), Ravindra Kotiyan (Rs.29,000; Phantom Stars) and Sanil Shetty (Rs.28,500; The Topspinners).