Mid-season Transfers That Could Have Changed IPL 2018 As We Know It

IPL format accepted the mid-season transfers with a clause that it would not impact the players or franchises and no monetary benefits can be obtained by the franchises or players. Let us take a look at some of the mid-season transfers that would have changed the picture of IPL 2018.IPL-results-942698

  1. Navdeep Saini for Akshdeep Nath

For Kings XI Punjab

KXIP offered Akshdeep Nath to play only one game. He was proved to be impactless in that game. He was expected to accompany Andrew Tye, the only effective pace bowler for the team who was picking a considerable number of wickets throughout the series. But Akshdeep Nath did not pick a wicket in his solitary game.

For Royal Challengers Bangalore

Navdeep Saini did not get a chance to play for RCB as Tim Southee and Umesh Yadav are doing great as pacers for the team. If Akshdeep Nath would get an opportunity to play for RCB, he would act as a wicket-keeper as well as a pacer instead of Parthiv Patel or Manan Vohra who were in poor form. His average was 50 and strike rate was 140 in Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament.

  1. David Willey for Mohammed Shami

For Chennai Super Kings

 Chennai Super Kings lacked a good pace attack throughout the series. David Willey got only one chance to play for the team and picked a couple of wickets. Mohammed Shami played two games for Delhi Daredevils and could not meet the expectations. This caused his exit from the team and he was benched throughout the series. David Willey has a goodwill that he can bowl at any consequences in T20 and pick wickets. Though Delhi Daredevils replaced Chris Morris with Daniel Christian, he did not do well.  Though David Willey entered the team to replace Kedar Jadhav, he did not get sufficient chances as the team accommodated Deepak Chahar and Dwayne Bravo for death over bowling.

For Delhi Daredevils

Mohammed Shami would be replaced by David Willey and this move may help them out to maintain the balance in the team. This may strengthen the pace attack of the team by supporting Trent Boult and the team’s performance would be improved.

  1. Mohammed Nabi for Heinrich Klassen

For Rajasthan Royals

Heinrich Klassen entered the team to replace Steven Smith but could not live up to the expectations. This keeper-batsman was the hero of the pink ODI against India. He could not do well because he lacked the experience in playing in sub-continental conditions. Mohammed Nabi is a fiery death over bowler who could help out Rajasthan Royals in critical situations. He did not get a chance to play for Sunrisers Hyderabad as the team initially found the productive team composition of batsmen and bowlers. Rajasthan Royals has good finishers like Jos Buttler but lacked good bowling attack in death overs. Mohammed Nabi would be an ideal option in this context.

For Sunrisers Hyderabad

The Sunrisers Hyderabad entrusted wicket-keeping department with Wriddhiman Saha. They had spinners like Rashid Khan and Shakib Al Hasan and hence Mohammed Nabi could not get a chance to prove himself. He would enter the Rajasthan Royals by mid-season transfer on exchange with Heinrich Klassen. Klassen would do well as an alternate wicket-keeper for Sunrisers Hyderabad and would change the picture of the game.

  1. Colin Munro for Basil Thampi

For Sunrisers Hyderabad

Coming to Sunrisers Hyderabad, they tried many opening combinations like Alex Hales and Shikhar Dhawan, Deepak Hooda and Alex Hales, Deepak Hooda and Shikhar Dhawan and troubled to get the perfect picture. Colin Munro would be a perfect partner for Shikhar Dhawan to fill the vacuum. Basil Thampi did not get a good chance to play for the team and flashed in a couple of games because the team had a pretty good number of quality pacers.

For Delhi Daredevils

Delhi Daredevils gave Colin Munro a couple of chances and dropped him. Basil Thampi would be a perfect replacement for the poor form pacer Mohammed Shami. If Basil Thampi played for Delhi Daredevils in the second half of the season, the team would progress to the other heights.

  1. Brendon Mc Cullum for Shahbaz Nadeem

For Royal Challengers Bangalore

For Royal Challengers Bangalore, sorting out the best opening combination became a Herculean task. Brendon Mc Cullum was their first choice. Quinton De Kock replaced him after a couple of games.  Colin De Grandhomme was considered as the match finisher. Also, De Kock replaced Mc Cullum as a wicket-keeper and their spin attack was formidable with the likes of Washington Sundar and Yuzwendra Chahal.

For Delhi Daredevils

Shahbaz Nadeem was picked by Delhi Daredevils and he played a couple of games for the team.  He was one of the most experienced players for the team. He played six games in three seasons for the team. As the team suffered fitness issues of players like Jason Roy, Brendon Mc Cullum would be an ideal option to resolve the lack of good openers for Delhi Daredevils.