Quinton de Kock has become the first player to be traded by a team during the IPL transfer window.
The South Africa’s wicket-keeper batsman has been bought by the Mumbai Indians after Royal Challengers Bangalore released him. It was a cash-only deal with the Mumbai Indians having to release Akila Dananjaya and Mustafizur Rahman to make a budget for him.
Dashing opening batsman and adept with the gloves, de Kock was priced at INR 2.8 crores (28 million) while Rahman and Dananjaya cost the Mumbai Indians INR 2.2 crores and INR 50 lakh respectively during the previous IPL Auction.
Mumbai’s decision to bring in de Kock despite the presence of Ishan Kishan and Aditya Tare, the other two wicket-keepers in the squad could be to do with the fact the IPL could well be played in South Africa because of the general elections in India. There’s no official confirmation on this though and various venues including UAE are being considered.
De Kock featured in eight games last season for the Bangalore side and made 201 runs, scoring at 124 per 100 balls.
And now that the Mumbai Indians have brought in de Kock, it would be interesting to see how they solve the Evin Lewis conundrum, who has shown he can bat in T20 cricket – he has a couple of centuries too – but batting in Indian conditions last season, there were times when he failed to get going. Now, with the tournament set to be moved out of the country, there’s a chance he might come good too, especially if the IPL is played in South Africa, where the pitches are quicker and the ball comes on to the bat.
The current trading window during the IPL will continue till the middle of November after which the teams will start preparing for the IPL auction. The next trading window will be open from after the auction till before the start of the IPL while there could be a third trading window during the tournament, something that was introduced in IPL 2018.
Teams will be allowed to use whatever was left over from the previous year’s purse along with INR 3 crores for this year’s IPL auction. The IPL auction will be held between December 15 and 20.