MI, KXIP Act Within First IPL Trading Window

The first trading window of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is in progress and teams are making their moves to get their squads right before the auction for IPL 2019 season. The first trading window is active from the conclusion of the IPL 2018 edition and will end a month before the IPL 2019 auction. A second window will also be available for the teams after the conclusion of the auction till the start of IPL 2019.


The first trade of IPL 2019 season happened last week when Mumbai Indians (MI) acquired the services of Quinton de Kock from Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in an all-money trade. RCB bought de Kock for a price of INR 2.8 crore during the IPL 2018 auction and MI bought him for the same price this year as their first trades!

Mumbai Indians will be the fourth franchise for de Kock as he already represented Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Delhi Daredevils (DD) and Royal Challengers Bangalore till date. Also, Mumbai Indians are reported to have released Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman and Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya from their squad.

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Sunday (Oct 28) made their first trade for the upcoming season releasing Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis for RCB’s Mandeep Singh. In IPL 2018 auction, RCB bought Stoinis for a whooping price of INR 6.2 crore while KXIP then used their RTM card to acquire his services. Also, Mandeep Singh was bought by RCB for INR 1.4 crore in IPL 2018.

However, the players fortunes have taken a reverse route for the upcoming season! As per this trade on Oct 28, Stoinis is set to play for RCB and Mandeep Singh is set to play for KXIP in the IPL 2019 tournament.

All these three teams Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab registered 6 wins and 8 defeats each in the 14 games they played in IPL 2018. However, with a slight difference in their respective Net Run Rates, MI finished at fifth position while RCB and KXIP secured sixth and seventh positions respectively.

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