The IPL 2019 auction is going to take place at the Pink City Jaipur on 17th and 18th of December. Before the mega-auction, the teams got a chance to make some crucial changes in the squad through the trade window. In the trade window, teams are allowed to trade players or go for an all-money deal. Franchises this year have made good use of the first transfer window.
Five teams namely, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi Daredevils, and Kings XI Punjab, traded players in this trade window. Players who were under utilised or did not perform as per expectations last season were exchanged with players who could fit in a particular team’s scheme of things.
Even though the teams have put their best foot forward in getting in some new names in their squads to put up a strong challenge next season, only time will tell whether the trades that they have made are successful or not. Today we will look at the top 5 trades in the IPL trade window.
1. Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB traded South Africa wicketkeeper de Kock to Mumbai Indians in a cash deal – Mumbai Indians paid them the INR 2.8 crore (USD 437,000). RCB had bought de Kock for in the 2018 auction. They also traded batsman Mandeep (INR 1.4 crore, USD 218,000) to Kings XI Punjab for Australia allrounder Stoinis (INR 6.2 crore, USD 968,000).
In: Marcus Stoinis
Out: Quinton de Kock, Mandeep Singh, Brendon McCullum, Chris Woakes, Corey Anderson, Sarfraz Khan
Retained: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Salary cap available: 18.15 crores
2. Mumbai Indians
Mumbai bought de Kock from RCB and to offset the deal, released Bangladesh seamer Mustafizur (INR 2.2 crore, USD 343,000) and Sri Lankan offspinner Dananjaya (INR 50 lakh, USD 78,000), who played just one match in the 2018 season. They have also released Australia fast bowler Cummins (INR 5.4 crore, USD 843,000) – Australia players are expected to play a limited role in IPL 2019, with Cricket Australia outlining plans to have their players prepare for the World Cup by playing in Australia’s scheduled ODIs and being available for the pre-World Cup camp.
In: Quinton de Kock
Out: Mustafizur Rahman, Pat Cummins, Akila Dananjaya, JP Duminy, Saurabh Tiwary, Tajinder Singh, Mohsin Khan, Pradeep Sangwan, MD Nidheesh, Sharad Lumba
Retained: Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Evin Lewis, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Jason Behrendorff
Salary cap available: 11.15 crores
3. Chennai Super Kings
Mark Wood, who cost INR 1.5 crore (USD 234,000), played just one game last season for CSK and conceded 49 runs in four overs. He has been released along with two uncapped players. Super Kings have chosen to retain both New Zealand allrounder Mitchell Santner, who missed the 2018 season due to a knee injury, and his replacement David Willey, who featured in just three games for them during the season.
Out: Mark Wood, Kanishk Seth, Kshitiz Sharma
Retained: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, M Vijay, Shane Watson, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, David Willey, Dwayne Bravo, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Sam Billings, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Dhruv Shorey, N Jagadeesan, Shardul Thakur, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi
Salary cap available: 8.40 crores
4. Kolkata Knight Riders
Starc has missed the previous two IPL seasons – in 2017, he parted ways with RCB to focus on international cricket and in 2018, after being bought by KKR for INR 9.4 crore (USD 1.47mn), he was ruled out due to injury. KKR have decided to release him. They have also retained pacer Kamlesh Nagarkoti, who was injured last season and didn’t play a game, and his replacement, Prasidh Krishna.
Out: Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson, Tom Curran, Cameron Delport, Javon Searles, Ishank Jaggi, Apoorv Wankhade, Vinay Kumar
Retained: Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna
Salary cap available: 15.20 crores
5. Delhi Daredevils
In a deal involving both players and cash, Delhi Daredevils brought in local player Dhawan (INR 5.2 crore, USD 812,000) from Sunrisers Hyderabad and in return gave them allrounder Shankar (INR 3.2 crore, USD 500,000), under-19 batsman Abhishek Sharma (INR 55 lakh, USD 85,000), who impressed with an innings of 46* off 19 balls last season, and left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem (INR 3.2 crore, USD 500,000).
Since the combined value of those players was more than Dhawan’s, SRH had to pay Daredevils an extra INR 1.75 crore (273,000). Dhawan has been released by Sunrisers after a six-year stint with the team as he was unhappy with his auction price.
In: Shikhar Dhawan
Out: Gautam Gambhir, Jason Roy, Gurkeerat Mann, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Shami, Dan Christian, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sayan Ghosh, Liam Plunkett, Junior Dala, Naman Ojha
Retained: Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Manjot Kalra, Colin Munro, Chris Morris, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Tewatia, Harshal Patel, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Trent Boult, Sandeep Lamichhane, Avesh Khan
Salary cap available: 25.50 crores
6. Sunrisers Hyderabad
Sunrisers have released their updated squad before the December 18 auction, and in addition to the Dhawan trade, they have released eight other players whose combined worth is INR 9.8 crore (USD 1.53mn). Significant among the releases are those of Hales, who was moderately successful as an opener last season, Brathwaite, who played the final, Jordan, who is known as a specialist death bowler, and Wriddhiman Saha, who has been out with a long-term injury sustained during the last IPL season.
In: Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem
Out: Shikhar Dhawan, Sachin Baby, Tanmay Agarwal, Wriddhiman Saha, Chris Jordan, Carlos Brathwaite, Alex Hales, Bipul Sharma, Syed Mehdi Hasan
Retained: David Warner, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan, Billy Stanlake, Kane Williamson, Mohammad Nabi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, T Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Basil Thampi, Deepak Hooda
Salary cap available: 9.70 crores
7. Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI had retained Axar Patel before the big auction in 2018, but have opted to let him go this time. Other significant releases include Yuvraj Singh, who was picked in the starting XI at the beginning of last season but was benched later on due to failures, Manoj Tiwary and Mohit Sharma.
In: Mandeep Singh
Out: Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Aaron Finch, Mohit Sharma, Barinder Sran, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Dwarshuis, Manoj Tiwary, Akshdeep Nath, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar
Retained: Chris Gayle, David Miller, Karun Nair, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, R Ashwin, Ankit Rajpoot, Andrew Tye, Mujeeb ur Rahman
Salary cap available: 36.20 crores
8. Rajasthan Royals
The release of Jaydev Unadkat comes after Rajasthan bid INR 11.5 crore for him at the 2018 auction. Unadkat had an underwhelming season, getting 11 wickets in 15 matches, with an economy rate of 7.80.
Out: Jaydev Unadkat, Anureet Singh, Ankit Sharma, Jatin Saxena, D’Arcy Short, Ben Laughlin
Retained: Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Ajinkya Rahane, K Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, S Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror