In the first trade of IPL 2019, Mumbai Indians have secured the services of Quinton de Kock from Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Royal Challengers Bangalore had bought Quinton de Kock in 2018 auctions for INR 2.8 crore (USD 437,000). He played eight games for the franchise and scored 201 runs at a strike rate of 124.07. But he is now all set to part ways with the team after just one season.
According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, the opener is set to be sold to Mumbai Indians for the same price. Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, have released Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman (Rs 2.2 crore) and Sri Lankan off-spinner Akila Dananjaya (Rs 50 lakh) to balance the books.
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With two wicketkeepers already in the Mumbai Indians squad in the form of Ishan Kishan and Aditya Tare, the three-time IPL champions are likely to use Quinton de Kock as a specialist batsman. Mumbai Indians top-order had looked shaky in the last season with the likes of Evin Lewis and Rohit Sharma not playing as per their reputation.
De Kock will be an welcome addition to the squad. The South Africa star, who has also played for Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad, has impressive numbers in the IPL. In 34 matches, he has scored 927 runs at an average of 28.09 and with a strike rate of 130. He has a century and six fifties to his name.
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Meanwhile, Mustafizur Rahman had a forgettable outing in the last season. Two years after starring for Sunrisers Hyderabad in their victorious campaign, Mustafizur managed just 7 wickets in as many games. The wickets came at an average of almost 33 while he conceded over 8 runs per over. Akila Dananjaya, on the other hand, played just one game in 2018 and failed to pick any wicket.
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