The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League has gotten off to a bang. Some franchises have certainly found the right combinations and are oozing with confidence while sitting towards the top end of the season, there are those too who still don’t know their best eleven. For those looking to strengthen their squad from within the IPL spectrum, an opportunity will come at the mid-way mark through the mid-season transfer window.
Mid-Season Transfer can work well for those players who haven’t had the opportunity to showcase their skills. For the untested talent, the mid-season transfers could be the perfect opportunity. In this article, we take a look at 5 such Indian stars likely to shift base in the IPL 2020 mid-season transfer and in which teams they can fit the bill.
1. IPL 2020 mid season transfer: Ajinkya Rahane (Delhi Capitals–> Kings XI Punjab)
The Capitals have asserted that Rahane, the Indian Test vice-captain, is an important cog in the wheel for them. But finding a place in the playing XI is getting tougher for Rahane as the Capitals top/middle order consisting of Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer is in form and it requires some serious dip in the form of them to warrant a replacement. But it could be a friendly parting of ways so that Rahane can play a few matches in the IPL 2020.
Apart from KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal their batsmen are in woeful touch, a major reason of them languishing at the bottom of the table. Someone with Rahane’s experience can shore up their middle-order.
2. IPL 2020 mid-season transfer: Aditya Tare (Mumbai Indians–> Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Royals, Chennai Super Kings)
Tare is hard-hitting middle-order batsman. But at present he has to be in the queue behind Surya Kumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan and Saurabh Tiwary to make it into the Mumbai XI. In that context, Tare could be open to join another team and explore his chance in the IPL 2020 there.
All these franchises are in need of a good domestic batsman. As said earlier, Kings XI lack domestic options apart from skipper KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. Royals too are struggling owing to the modest form of Robin Uthappa and Riyan Parag. CSK would also be keeping an eye after the struggles of Kedar Jadhav and Ruturaj Gaikwad.
3. IPL 2020 mid-season transfer: Yusuf Pathan –> Rajasthan Royals, Kings XI Punjab, Chennai Super Kings)
Yusuf is a highly decorated IPL player and has the rare distinction of winning the title with three different teams – Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad. He has also made one of the fastest IPL hundreds. Yusuf can also chip in with a couple of overs of useful off-spin in the middle passage. The 37-year-old could get a relook from some teams. Who could buy Yusuf?
After the modest form of Robin Uthappa, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Riyan Parag, inaugural champions Rajasthan Royals would like to reinforce their Indian line-up and Yusuf could fit the bill.
Like the Royals, KXIP also need an Indian batsman who can bolster the middle-order. The experiments with Sarfaraz Khan and Mandeep Singh have not yielded desired results. Why not hand Dubai ticket to Yusuf?
Three-time IPL winners CSK on the other hand, have a middle-order issue after the non-firing of batsmen like Kedar Jadhav, Ruturaj Gaikwad. The three-time champions too might want an experienced hand like Yusuf.
4. IPL 2020 mid-season transfer: Prasidh Krishna (Kolkata Knight Riders–> Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Prasidh is a fine young prospect from Karnataka who had a good IPL 2019 for KKR. But he is getting out of his injury and even then, the performance of young tyros Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti has pushed him down the ladder a bit. In that context, Prasidh would look to ply his trade at some other team for the remainder of the season and he can always return to KKR through the auction ahead of IPL 2021. This way he can also gain some match experience, rather than warming the benches.
Both Kings XI and Rajasthan are on the lookout to beef up their bowling options. Kings XI and Rajasthan could do well with an India pacer who can bowl at death as both Chris Jordan and Mohammed Shami have given away runs generously. RCB too face a bit of problem despite having Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini and Mohammed Siraj. While Umesh could not take any wickets in two matches, Saini and Siraj were way too expensive even they took a couple of wickets. Someone like Prasidh can be a good option for them.
5. IPL 2020 mid-season transfer: Dhawal Kulkarni (Mumbai Indians–> Rajasthan Royals)
Dhawal is an experienced IPL campaigner but at present it is difficult for him to find a place in Mumbai Indians XI. Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult and James Pattinson are doing a fine job and Kieron Pollard has started bowling his medium pace again, cutting down the room for Dhawal to find a place in the first 11. Mumbai could trade him to another franchise.
After a bright beginning, the Rajasthan outfit has slipped down with three defeats in a row. One of the main reasons is the failure of their Indian pacers Ankit Rajpoot and Jaydev Unadkat, who have taken 3 combined wickets in four matches while leaking runs. Dhawal can make a difference for them and he is a handy lower-order batsman too.