As the trade window for the next IPL entered its final day on Thursday, the teams became busy in trading players to bolster their squads. A number of big names like Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Evin Lewis and others have shifted base ahead of the next season. Delhi Capitals have roped in Rahane and Ashwin while Rajasthan Royals have traded Dhawal Kulkarni for Lewis.
The likes of Krishnappa Gowtham, Ankit Rajpoot, Mayank Markande, Rahul Tewatia have been traded too. But the one name that has triggered a storm on Twitter is that of Mayank Markande and the reason is obvious. Earlier this year in August, Delhi Capitals had roped in the spinner from Mumbai Indians while releasing Shrefane Rutherford.
But even before Markande could don the Delhi Capitals jersey, they have traded him to Rajasthan Royals. The national capital-based outfit traded Markande and Tewatia to Royals to secure the services of star batsman Rahane. One of the reasons that could have made Delhi trade Markande was the arrival of star spinner Ashwin from Kings XI Punjab.
Our tryst with leg-spinners continues! 💗
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) November 14, 2019
Well, only Delhi Capitals can explain the reason behind the decision. But for the time being, the fans were amused with the trade deal and took to Twitter to post hilarious replies.
Here are some of the reactions to Mayank Markande’s trade deal:
Our newest member, Mayank Markande can't wait to join up with the #DC family 🤩
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) August 1, 2019
Only player in the history of any sports who is going to say good bye after spending only 73 days and playing 0 games .
Delhi Capitals things 😞
— Subham (@subhsays) November 14, 2019
1st Aug : Mayank Markande Byte
— Hariharan Durairaj (@hariharan_draj) November 14, 2019
— Naseem Akram (@naseemakram100) November 14, 2019
— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) November 14, 2019
Bizarre "double trade" in the IPL. Mayank Markande, of Mumbai Indians till end of the 2019 season, gets traded to Delhi Capitals, who then send him to Rajasthan Royals during the same off-season #IPL2020 pic.twitter.com/AKhxUCX71q
— Srinath (@srinathsripath) November 14, 2019
I wonder how Mayank Markande feels about his IPL trades – moved from Mumbai Indians to Delhi Capitals. And then Capitals trade him to Rajasthan Royals without giving him a single game! #IPL2020
— Vishal Dikshit (@Vishal1686) November 14, 2019
— 🎯DEVI CAPITAL🎯 (@DevendersainiS) November 14, 2019
Markande, meanwhile, played for Mumbai Indians in the last two seasons of IPL. He was one of the finds of 2018 season as he impressed one and all with his leg-spin. He had finished his maiden season in the IPL season with 15 wickets. However, he was not a regular player for the team in the last season.
The leg-spinner played only three matches in IPL 2019, losing out on the leg-spinner’s spot to Rahul Chahar. In those three games, he picked up just one wicket while conceding 9.83 runs per over.