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IPL 2019: Which Franchises Won And Lost In The Trade Window?

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The Indian Premier League (IPL) saw its trade window shut down recently as all eight franchises revealed the list of released and retained players. Cricketers that also saw themselves in part of moving to a new camp were also brought to the limelight.

The 8 franchises made some big decisions ahead of the auction in December 2018 to be held in Goa. Most franchises have released a host of big names. Certain players, who etched some stunning deals last season, were also shown the exit door.

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This has indeed been an interesting trade window and this will spice up the auction for sure. One should also look at the salary cap available as IPL teams would look to reinforce their squads to enhance their chances for the 2019 edition. There were indeed some of the big disappointment through the list of players released by the teams.

Most teams have retained their main pool of players with some looking for an overhaul. Going by what we witnessed, here are the winners and losers of the IPL trade window.

Winners

Chennai Super Kings

As usual, CSK has maintained their core team to ensure they have the same group for this IPL

Champions CSK showed a sense of calmness and composure to handle the trade window. They look the team to beat once again in IPL 2019. The three-time champions never needed to do anything out of the box and they showed that good work done in last season’s auction has paid off.

Only fringe players were released and the defending champions didn’t get in anyone. They have plenty of superstars in the squad and it is the same core that performed exceptionally well last term. CSK will be counting on the familiarity of the unit.

Why they are winners?
CSK have everything desired and controlled. From a champion skipper in MS, to a settled unit that enjoy their cricket, CSK showed simplicity is the best policy.
Their window summed up:

In: None
Released: Mark Wood, Kanishk Seth, Kshitiz Sharma.
Retained: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, M Vijay, Shane Watson, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, David Willey, Dwayne Bravo, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Sam Billings, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Dhruv Shorey, N Jagadeesan, Shardul Thakur, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi​.
Total salary cap available: Rs 8.40 crore.

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Warner is back for SRH

2018 finalists and one of the most consistent IPL units SRH, showed faith in its core players and got in utility names. They could not do anything to stop star player Shikhar Dhawan leaving the team. And now they will need to get in a player with proven quality.

SRH have got David Warner back, who missed last year’s show after being banned by Cricket Australia for a ball-tampering scandal. Now they have two able leaders in Warner and Kane Williamson. The Aussie’s return brings back the aggression required to dominate proceedings.
Why they are winners?
SRH have all the key players that performed well for them last season. Their bowling attack is strong and they have done away with some of the deadweight. Now they can focus on some key purchases in December.
Their window summed up:

In: Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem
Released: Shikhar Dhawan, Sachin Baby, Tanmay Agarwal, Wriddhiman Saha, Chris Jordan, Carlos Brathwaite, Alex Hales, Bipul Sharma, Syed Mehdi Hasan
Retained: David Warner, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan, Billy Stanlake, Kane Williamson, Mohammad Nabi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, T Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Basil Thampi, Deepak Hooda​​​
Salary cap available: Rs 9.70 crore.

Kolkata Knight Riders

KKR have released sensational Quick bowler Mithel Starc

Their decision to have a small pool of players served them well last season. And KKR have a strong blend of youth and experience that makes them a solid unit. They didn’t get in anyone, but shipped out 8 players. Foreign stars such as Cameron Delport and Javon Searles were hardly used last season. Therefore releasing them made sense.
Only surprise was letting go off Mitchell Starc. But given his injury concerns and that he missed last season propelled them to re-think. KKR need some quality pace bowlers in the auction.
Why they are winners?
KKR used similar team every time they came out and they have that core. Therefore, expect them to field similar line-up once again. Their youngsters were superb last season and this is a team for the future. KKR just need some key back-ups now.
Their window summed up:
In: None
Released: Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson, Tom Curran, Cameron Delport, Javon Searles, Ishank Jaggi, Apoorv Wankhade, Vinay Kumar
Retained: Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna
Salary cap available: Rs 15.20 crore.
Rajasthan Royals
Smith will be back to lead Rajasthan Royals

RR have gone bold and made the right choices. They didn’t get in any fresh face and released 6 players. They did away with non-performers and have a solid salary cap available to think wisely and rope in strong names.
Steve Smith will return and captain the team. Like Warner, he is a big player and adds the stability. The RR camp, who spent millions for Jaydev Unadkat last season released him. Also failures such as D’Arcy Short was shown the door.
Why they are winners?
RR didn’t show emotion in keeping the most costliest bowler of last term. Their strong and straight approach in handling the window needs to be credited for. Perform or perish was their attitude.
Their window summed up:
In: None
Released: Jaydev Unadkat, Anureet Singh, Ankit Sharma, Jatin Saxena, D’Arcy Short, Ben Laughlin
Retained: Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Ajinkya Rahane, K Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, S Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror
Salary cap available: Rs 20.95 crore.

Losers

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Marcus Stoinis will be seen in the RCB side

RCB have a strong squad despite the decision made in the trade window. The inconsistent side once again will bank again on regulars Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. The bowling is similar to that of last season and that’s positive. But RCB’s moves looked unconvincing to begin with.
They released key players like Brendon McCullum and Chris Woakes. And got in KXIP’s Marcus Stoinis, who hasn’t done anything notable. They finally did away with one season wonder and last season’s retained player Sarfraz Khan.
Why they are losers?
Woakes is any day a better and more consistent all-rounder than any of the similar players in their ranks. Also their batting upfront looks shaky as they did away with McCullum. They paid the price last year for too much experimentation and the side is still unsettled.
Their window summed up:
In: Marcus Stoinis
Released: Quinton de Kock, Mandeep Singh, Brendon McCullum, Chris Woakes, Corey Anderson, Sarfraz Khan
Retained: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Nathan Coulter-Nile
Salary cap available: Rs 13.8 crore
Mumbai Indians
Quinton de Kock of will be seen in Mumbai Colours

MI went the strange way last season by roping in pile of players and understandably they have released a fleet of names (10). Their addition came in the form of South African keeper-batsman Quinton de Kock.
MI also did away with so many foreign stars especially in the bowling and need a crunch auction to better the same. Their main core that help them identify as a side stays though. And they need to fire this season after blips last term.
Why they are losers?
Their addition of De Kock is pretty strange given the host of choices they have to open the batting. Also given the crux of foreigners means key names will miss out. Any addition will once again make the squad look cramped.
Their window summed up:
In: Quinton de Kock
Released: Mustafizur Rahman, Pat Cummins, Akila Dananjaya, JP Duminy, Saurabh Tiwary, Tajinder Singh, Mohsin Khan, Pradeep Sangwan, MD Nidheesh, Sharad Lumba
Retained: Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Evin Lewis, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Jason Behrendorff
Salary cap available: Rs 11.15 crore.
Delhi Daredevils
Shikhar Dhawan is back to play for Delhi in IPL 2019

Daredevils had acquired several big names last season. They now decided to rectify their mistakes. The capital team shipped out 13 players including veteran star Gautam Gambhir.

5 foreigners which include the opener Jason Roy and Glenn Maxwell were released. The positive aspect was the acquisition of Shikhar Dhawan, given he adds the composure atop. Several bowlers were let go off including the experienced Liam Plunkett, which was a disappointment.

Why they are losers?
DD’s desperation stems from the fact that they were belt par last season. And once again they are in search of an overhaul. time and time again they have faced similar issues and followed the similar path.
Their window summed up:
In: Shikhar Dhawan
Released: Gautam Gambhir, Jason Roy, Gurkeerat Mann, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Shami, Dan Christian, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sayan Ghosh, Liam Plunkett, Junior Dala, Naman Ojha
Retained: Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Manjot Kalra, Colin Munro, Chris Morris, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Tewatia, Harshal Patel, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Trent Boult, Sandeep Lamichhane, Avesh Khan
Salary cap available: Rs 25.50 crore.
Kings XI Punjab

Yuvraj has been released from Kings XI set up

KXIP released 12 players and are now set to have a crack at the auction yet again. They will hope this time they get things right after a disastrous 2nd phase show last term.
The pivotal aspect was to do away with non performers like Yuvraj Singh in particular. KXIP roped in Mandeep Singh from RCB. He is familiar with this side. The expulsion of Aaron Finch was surprising.
Why they are losers?
KXIP looked similar to that of DD. They have taken some tough calls post the 2018 edition from the management to now the players. Their team now gives us the indication how much dead wood were they carrying.
Their window summed up:
In: Mandeep Singh
Released: Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Aaron Finch, Mohit Sharma, Barinder Sran, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Dwarshuis, Manoj Tiwary, Akshdeep Nath, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar
Retained: Chris Gayle, David Miller, Karun Nair, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, R Ashwin, Ankit Rajpoot, Andrew Tye, Mujeeb ur Rahman
Salary cap available: Rs 36.20 crore.

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