It is that time of the year where all the franchises would be looking to strengthen their respective squads, finalize their ‘core’ team, release the players, and strategize to capture new talents. Yes, it is auction time!
Now, all the teams have given the list of players that they have retained, and the mini IPL auction is reportedly set to take place sometime in February 2021. Now, news has come in that the Chennai Super Kings have traded veteran batsman Robin Uthappa from Rajasthan Royals in a bid to strengthen their batting arsenal. Also, the Bangalore outfit have decided to trade in Harshal Patel and Daniel Sams from the Delhi Capitals to bolster their bowling line up.
Over the years, several teams have indulged in trading players that have proven to be absolute masterstrokes. On that note, let us take a look at the top five best trades in IPL history.
5. Ashish Nehra – MI to DD (now DC) ahead of IPL 2009
We will travel 12 years back to understand the significance of a trade that took place in the year 2009. In the previous edition in 2008, playing for the Mumbai Indians, Ashish Nehra had endured a very ordinary season. He picked up 12 wickets from 14 games, and his economy rate too, was on the higher side (7.76) And, the Mumbai outfit decided to trade Nehra with Delhi and instead brought in hard-hitting left-hander Shikhar Dhawan from the Delhi outfit.
In the next IPL season in 2009, Nehra proved what an asset he is with the ball. The left-arm pacer scalped 19 wickets for the Delhi side in the 2009 edition, and took his wickets at an excellent average of 17.47. He gave away just 6.51 runs per over, and his strike rate too, was just 16.11.
In fact, Nehra was the third-highest wicket-taker in the 2nd IPL edition, only behind RP Singh and Anil Kumble. As far as his IPL career is concerned, Nehra played 88 matches and picked up 106 wickets at an average 23.41. He played his last season in the year 2017.
4. KL Rahul – SRH to RCB ahead of IPL 2016
The 2015 IPL season was a forgettable one for KL Rahul. The talented right hander could score just 142 runs in the entire season. Turning out for the Sunrisers Hyderabad side, he averaged just 28.40, and could not even score a single half century in the 2015 edition. Consequently, he was traded by the franchise, with the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore pouching the right-hander.
Rahul proved that the move undertaken by Bangalore was indeed a masterstroke. The right-hander scored close to 400 runs (397 to be precise) in the 2016 IPL edition, including 4 half-centuries and averaged 44.11. What made Rahul an asset that season was the fact that he scored his runs at an imposing strike rate of 146.49. Rahul missed the 2017 IPL season due to injury, and the Bangalore side decided against retaining him ahead of the 2018 IPL edition.
Rahul was bought by the Kings XI Punjab side for an astronomical sum of INR 11 Crore. Since then, Rahul has offered his services for the Punjab outfit. In fact, in the year 2020, the Indian batsman was even elevated to the role of captaincy. Even though Rahul won the Orange Cap in the 13th edition of the IPL by scoring a whopping 670 runs, he could not inspire his side to the playoffs. Both Rahul and the Punjab side would be hoping that they lift their maiden IPL title in 2021.
3. Shikhar Dhawan – SRH to DC ahead of IPL 2019
Ahead of the 2019 IPL edition, the Sunrisers Hyderabad side decided to trade Shikhar Dhawan. In return, the ‘Orange Army’ got hold of three players from the Delhi franchise in Shahbaz Nadeem, Abhishek Sharma, and Vijay Shankar. Dhawan had been in good form in the 2018 season. The left-hander scored 497 runs at an average of 38.23, including 4 fifties.
Yet, SRH decided against retaining him. But then, Dhawan has proven to be a lethal batsman at the top of the order for Delhi. In the 2019 edition, Dhawan scored 521 runs for the franchise at an average of 34.73. In the 2020 edition, Dhawan experienced his best ever IPL season, plundering 618 runs for Delhi and even created history by scoring back-to-back IPL hundreds.
Dhawan is a veteran in IPL cricket and has played a colossal 176 matches. The 35-year-old is the fifth-highest run-scorer in IPL history with 5197 runs to his name. He will continue to render his services for the Delhi Capitals in the 2021 edition.
2. Trent Boult – DC to MI ahead of IPL 2020
Mumbai Indians traded Trent Boult with Delhi Capitals ahead of the 2020 IPL edition. Boult had picked up just 5 wickets from 5 matches, and his economy rate too, was on the higher side (8.58) in the 2019 edition. Mumbai added Boult to their bowling arsenal and decided to give the left-arm pacer a salary of INR 3.2 Crore. And, Mumbai will surely not be regretting that decision.
The New Zealand bowler emerged as the third-highest wicket-taker in the 2020 edition and played a key role in Mumbai lifting the IPL title for a record fifth time. Boult picked up 25 wickets and took his wickets at a stunning strike rate of 13.76. His average too was just 18.28 in the 13th IPL edition, and he rattled several batting lineups through the course of the tournament.
Boult has been retained by the Mumbai side for the upcoming IPL edition. In his career in the T20 extravaganza, the southpaw has played 48 matches and picked up 63 wickets.
1. Quinton De Kock – RCB to MI ahead of IPL 2019
This should rank as possibly the best trade in the IPL. In the 2018 IPL season, Quinton De Kock did not experience the best of fortunes. The left-hander could muster just 201 runs in the 8 innings that he played for the Bangalore side at a poor average of 25.13. Also, he managed to score just a single fifty in the whole of the 2018 IPL edition.
As a result, the Bangalore side decided to trade Quinton De Kock to the Mumbai franchise. De Kock was receiving a sum of INR 2.8 Crores from the Bangalore franchise, and Mumbai decided to give the same amount to the left-hander. And, as soon as he put on the Mumbai jersey, De Kock almost metamorphosed into a totally different player.
In the 2019 edition, the left-hander ruled the batting charts, scoring 529 runs and emerged as the highest run scorer for the Mumbai side. The current South Africa skipper continued his excellent run with the willow in the 2020 edition as well. De Kock scored 503 runs at an average of 35.93 and a strike rate in excess of 140.
Needless to say, De Kock played a crucial role in MI winning two consecutive IPL titles (2019 and 2020). The Rohit Sharma-led side has decided to retain him ahead of the upcoming IPL season.
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