IPL: 5 trades that turned out to be blunders in the tournament
These players have been released by their original franchise, and are now performing to their potential for their new teams.
Updated - Nov 2, 2020 8:39 pm
2. Quinton De Kock (RCB to MI)
South Africa limited-overs captain and wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock has played a pivotal role in the success of Mumbai Indians’ title win in 2019. Before joining Mumbai, he had played for Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi Capitals, and Royal Challengers Bangalore till 2018. He has scored 1874 runs in 63 innings at a healthy strike-rate of 132.25 in his IPL career.
De Kock was purchased by Bangalore ahead of the 2018 mega auction for a price of INR 2.8 crores. He played eight innings for them, scoring 201 runs at a below-par strike rate of 124. He was dropped from the playing XI in the latter half of the tournament, as Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel took the responsibility of opening the batting for the remainder of the season.
However, his exclusion is certainly one that has been a major blunder on the part of the RCB management. Had he been a part of the current RCB XI over someone like Aaron Finch or Josh Philippe, he would have donned the gloves and taken the pressure off AB de Villiers.
He went to be backed by Mumbai the next year even after a slow start in the first half of the season, and he ended up crossing 500 runs in his first season with them. He has top-scored this season as well for Mumbai- 418 runs in 13 innings at a strike-rate of 135.71.