Mumbai Indians (MI), on Wednesday, secured the services of New Zealand pace spearhead Trent Boult from Delhi Capitals (DC) on a trade deal. In another deal, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) also traded fast-bowler Ankit Rajpoot to Rajasthan Royals (RR). Previously, the Punjab-based out had trade Ravichandran Ashwin to Delhi Capitals with J Suchith heading in the opposite direction.
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Boult, who was bought by the franchise for Rs 2.2 Crores in IPL 2018 auction, played 19 matches for the franchise in two years. In 2018, he was the leading wicket-taker for the team, picking up 18 wickets from 14 games. In the last season, he picked up five wickets in as many matches as Kagiso Rabada emerged as Delhi’s main pacer. Boult has 33 IPL games and has 38 wickets overall at an economy of 8.78.
With Delhi’s track being spinner friendly, Delhi Capitals have been trying to bolster their spin attack. Prior to roping in Ashwin, they had also traded Sherfane Rutherford to Mumbai Indians and included leg-spinner Mayank Markande to their squad.
On the other hand, Rajpoot played only four games in IPL 2019 and was able to take just three wickets at an economy of more than nine and an average of more than 50. Before playing for Kings XI, Rajpoot had plied his trade for Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders since making his IPL debut in 2013.
Rajpoot put in one of the most memorable bowling performances in IPL history when he claimed 5/14 in a league game in the 2018 season against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the latter’s home ground. Till date, Rajpoot is the only uncapped player to have a five-wicket haul in the IPL.
Meanwhile, the IPL trading window which is set to close on November 14. On the other hand, the auction for the next season will take place on December 19 in Kolkata.