Sherfane Rutherford
Sherfane Rutherford with Sourav Ganguly. Credits - Getty Images

The Indian Premier League defending champions Mumbai Indians have traded Mayank Markande with Delhi Capitals’ Sherfane Rutherford. Mayank Markande had made headlines for the Mumbai Indians when the leg-spinner had bowled with great success in IPL 2018. However, Markande played only three matches for the Rohit Sharma-led side in IPL 2019. The Punjab based spinner scalped only a solitary wicket for the four-time champions.

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On the other hand, Sherfane Rutherford had impressed in the previous season of the Indian Premier League. The southpaw batsman scored 73 runs in the seven matches. The left-hander had scored his runs at a strike rate of 135.19. Thus, he had added the finishing touches for the side. Furthermore, he had scalped one wicket in IPL 2019.

Mumbai Indians Trade Mayank Markande With Delhi Capitals' Sherfane Rutherford
Mayank Markande. Credits: Twitter

MI and DC make the trade.

Mayank Markande had come to the limelight in the IPL 2018. The leg-spinner had scalped 15 wickets in the 14 IPL matches. However, Markande didn’t get a lot of chances in IPL 2019 as Rahul Chahar was backed by the team management.

Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians had gone on to win their fourth IPL title as they had defeated Chennai Super Kings by one run. Lasith Malinga was able to plumb Shardul Thakur in front of the wickets when Chennai Super Kings needed two runs from the final ball.

It was a dominating performance from Rohit Sharma-led and the Mumbai Indians was able to go all the way for the fourth time in the history of the lucrative T20 league. Thus, Mumbai Indians became the most successful franchise in the history of the Indian Premier League.

Mumbai Indians owner Akash Ambani said as quoted by the franchise website, “We wish Mayank the very best for his future. He is a brilliant talent and we were fortunate to have spotted and nurtured him early. It is a difficult decision for us, but we are releasing him for better cricketing prospects and know that he is on the cusp of emerging as yet another shining star of Indian cricket. He will always be a part of the Mumbai Indians family.”

IPL 2019, Mayank Markande,
Mayank Markande. BCCI

On the other hand, Delhi Capitals was able to make it to the playoff stages after six seasons. The Delhi franchise was able to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator but their journey in the tournament was put paid by Chennai Super Kings in the second qualifier.

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