A month before the auction, as the trading window ends for the Indian Premier League, a few surprises were sure to erupt. After being the leading run scorers for their sides at multiple occasions, Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir were left untraded, un-retained.
There was no shortage of bewilderment, Mumbai let go of the sensational Bangladesh bowler, Mustafizur Rahman. While, Delhi Daredevils released the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian and Mohammad Shami. The biggest surprise came in the form of Tom Curran, the pacy allrounder from England who helped his team beat India almost single-handedly at times, was released by Kolkata Knight Riders.
Besides releasing and retaining, many players have been traded over the window. Here, we list some of the trades that may result in what could be a fascinating tournament.
Shikhar Dhawan to Delhi Daredevils
This is probably the most shocking move the Indian Premier League has seen in this window. The star opener who at multiple times batted Sunriser’s out of trouble will once again don his home team’s colours.
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If Dhawan bats the way he has been for the last few years, Delhi might improve on their previous faulty performances. In 11 seasons, they have been to the final four, just thrice, none of them in the last six seasons.
Quinton de Kock to Mumbai Indians
With Quinton de Kock’s switch from Royal Challengers Bangalore to Mumbai Indians, the team from Maharashtra shall now be hopeful of achieving their fourth IPL time. South Africa’s fine wicket-keeper batsmen would want to cement his position in the side after a small stint with RCB.
Marcus Stoinis to Royal Challengers Bangalore
The 29-year-old top order Aussie batsman, a more than handy customer with the ball, Marcus Stoinis will now provide his services to RCB. Stoinis is remembered for his 146 not out against New Zealand, where he almost single-handedly defeated the Kiwis.