The countdown for the 2020 edition of IPL has begun with the trading window now open and teams can pursue the players whom they were not able to get hold of in the last auction. While we are a couple of months away from IPL 2020 player auction now is the time all the teams would like to concentrate on rebuilding their squads for the upcoming season. In the transfer window, the teams would prioritize on both bringing in players and leaving out the ones who are not part of their plans.
Multiple players are let go and few of them are traded. Over the seasons there have been some big and unexpected trades. This season’s trading window kicked-off with the trade of Mayank Markande and Sherfane Rutherford who switched their respective sides. The ex-Mumbai Indians spinner becomes the newest member of the Capitals family meanwhile, the flamboyant Caribean is headed to the Paltans from Delhi capitals.
These trades primarily depend upon the team’s style of play and the players will of relocating themselves to another home. Thus, with the trade window now open we will look into five possible player transfers that the franchisees would probably do before the upcoming season.
1. Robin Uthappa to Royal Challengers Bangalore
After having a disappointing last season with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Robin Uthappa who has been a part of the KKR setup since 2014 might have played his last one for KKR in 2019. The Karnataka batsman who now plays for Kerala would ideally look to re-construct his career and make an impact with the bat as he has been doing throughout his IPL playing career.
The 33-year old, Indian International is currently in that place of the career where his abilities have been taken over by the younger ones. Robin Uthappa missed out playing for Saurashtra in Ranji Trophy 2018/19 due to an injury but, for this upcoming Ranji season, he is going to be turning up for Kerala side as he is set to replace K.B. Arun Karthik. With this huge decision made of switching the sides, Robin Uthappa wants to prove that he is still the batsman who he used to be. He played 12 matches in the 2019 IPL where he managed to score only 282 runs with an average of 31.33 and his best score of the season was an unbeaten 67.
RCB like always has had one of the best sides on the paper but, failed to deliver the glory that they and their fans deserved. Thus, they would like to bring in a player who suits their style of play and who had been one of their match-winner in the past to build a good team ahead of the player auction for IPL 2020. Hence, Uthappa might be a good addition to their line-up as he can solve a couple of problems for RCB in the form having a good back-up keeper and a strong Indian batsman in the core who can lift the burden over Virat Kohli.
2. David Miller to Mumbai Indians
David Miller is one of those players who has been a part of the same franchise (KXIP) in his entire IPL career. He used to be KXIP talisman and also, led them on multiple occasions but, the times have changed now. KXIP who were built around David Miller now have enough number of players who can play his role and they are considered to be his upgraded version.
In the last season, we witnessed that David Miller was not particularly required by the Kings XI Punjab. KXIP now have the likes of Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran and Sarafraz Khan to play in the crucial middle order. It is almost certain that KXIP will let go of their legend, David Miller.
The 2019 IPL champions, Mumbai Indians who are a champion side and they lack in no area but, they would like to strengthen their middle order by bringing in the Protea star, David Miller. Mumbai would be the perfect destination David Miller as the Wankhede Stadium has small boundaries and we all know for the fact that David Miller is a hard hitter of the cricket ball and he will love smashing those fierce deliveries out of the park.
3. Manish Pandey to Rajasthan Royals
Manish Pandey needs no introduction, the first-ever Indian to score an IPL century. The past couple of seasons for Manish Pandey with SRH has been quite dull. This upcoming IPL season might be the one where he can make a comeback in his IPL career. He is one of those players who has been very highly rated and has a reputation which has given him the high demand in previous auctions.
SRH bought him in the 2018 IPL auction for a whopping sum of INR 11.5 Cr where SRH had outbid RCB had him their player. The things aren’t going well for Manish Pandey with SRH as his form been under the radar due to inconsistency. The Karnataka skipper has been jubilant with the bat in the domestic circuit and list A cricket.
The first-ever IPL champions, Rajasthan Royals will probably like to cash in the opportunity if arises when their star man, AjinkyaRahane who is reportedly in talks with the Delhi Capitals for a trade deal. RR would be the best thing for Manish Pandey as he wants to reset his IPL setup and it will be the team which can be built around him.
4. Mohit Sharma to Delhi Capitals
A purple cap winner in the past was bought by CSK for a high sum of INR 5 Cr in the 2019 IPL player auction but, he got to play only a single for CSK the entire season because CSK had a choice of playing him or Deepak Chahar who was brilliant for them the whole season and there was no question of dropping Deepak Chahar from the playing XI.
From winning the Purple Cap in his second season to play for India in 2015 ICC World Cup and finally to bench the entire for CSK in 2019 he has seen it all. He will be glad to get some playtime but, in CSK it seems very unlikely.
The option for him would be to get traded to a side where they require an Indian pacer to set tone their line-up. Delhi Capitals is having a busy trading window with the incomings of Mayank Markhande, Ravichandran Ashwin and the departure of Sherfane Rutherford and now negotiating a deal for the Indian test vice-captain, Ajinkya Rahane might just be the ones who can revive his services and get the best out of him.
5. Carlos Brathwaite to Kings XI Punjab
From smashing that four consecutive 6s in the final over of the 2017 World T20 in the Eden Gardens to be named the West Indies T20 side skipper, Carlos ‘Remember the Name’ Brathwaite has become a huge cricketing all-rounder for the Windes.
He set the auction stage on fire KKR who bought him for INR 5 Cr went head-to-head against KXIP to get him. Despite the heavy bidding process, Carlos lived under the shadow of Andre Russell in KKR. He managed to get only two games in which he failed to perform with both bat and ball.
KXIP who vigorously tried to bring him to Mohali would be keen to contact KKR to talk about a potential trade deal which can get them what they always wanted and also, it would be a sign of relief for the Windies man if KXIP can get him ahead of the IPL 2020 auction it will be a win-win situation for both the player and team because in KXIP he can get the freedom that he wants and hopefully perform at best of abilities for them.
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