IPL 2019 Transfer Window Updates: RCB Sell de Kock to Mumbai
With the ICC World Cup being played in England this coming summer, the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League has been preponed from its usual April start and will kick-off on the 29th of March. The final is scheduled for 19 May.
The transfer window of the 12th season though has been opened and will continue onto 15 November.
Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan is also reportedly slated to play for a new franchise this season with Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils being seen as prospective teams.
Sunrisers Hyderabad had released him into the player pool at the big auction last January but had later used their ‘Right to Match’ card to keep him in the franchise. Dhawan was bought for Rs 5.2 crore during the 2016 auction and was the team’s second-highest scorer with 497 runs in 16 matches during IPL 11.
Kings XI are reported to have offered Dhawan a Rs 1 crore pay hike along with the barter of Karun Nair to SRH. However, with Delhi offering a higher sum, the Gautam Gambhir-led franchise is now being seen as the front-runners to sign the opener this season.
Mumbai Mirror reported more transfer movement in RCB with the Virat Kohli-led franchise trading Indian batsman Mandeep Singh for Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis from Kings XI Punjab.
Stoinis was retained by KXIP using the ‘Right to Match’ card at the auction after RCB raised the bid to a massive Rs 6.20 crore. The Aussie though could not deliver for the franchise, scoring just 99 runs in 7 matches last season. Mandeep Singh had also seen both RCB and KXIP show interest in him at the auction with RCB making the winnings bid of Rs 1.40 crore. He was the team’s third-highest scorer behind Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, smashing 252 runs in 14 matches.
South African keeper Quinton de Kock became the 12th edition of Indian Premier League’s first trade when he was sold to Mumbai Indians earlier this month, as reported by ESPNCricinfo.
The Proteas player had been bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 2.8 crore in the auction last January. Reports suggest Mumbai Indians bought him for the same amount but will be releasing Bangladeshi bowler Mustafizur Rahman and Sri Lankan offspinner Akila Dananjaya to justify the buy. The Ambani-owned franchise had paid Rs 2.2 crore for Rahman and Rs 50 lakh for the Sri Lankan.