Mumbai Indians sign Quinton de Kock from RCB for IPL 2019

Earlier, de Kock played eight matches for RCB in the last season where he scored 201 runs with a strike rate of 124.07. Prior to that, he has played for Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad where he scored a hundred and six fifties in 34 innings.

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South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock will soon be seen donning the blue jersey in the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) season as the IPL franchise Mumbai Indians (MI) made the first trade of IPL 2019. The southpaw who played for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) last season, has been traded to Mumbai Indians in an all-money deal.

RCB had bought de Kock for ₹2.8 crore at the 2018 auction. Therefore, in order to balance the books, the Ambani-owned team have released Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman (₹2.2 crore) and Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya (₹50 lakh). 

Meanwhile, de Kock has played eight matches in the last season where he scored 201 runs with a strike rate of 124.07. Earlier, he has played for Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad where he scored a hundred and six fifties in 34 innings. Also, de Kock has scored 573 of his 927 runs in the powerplay overs.

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IPL has two main trading windows with the first one starting quickly at the end of the season till a month before the auction whereas the second one from the auction till the start of the tournament. Since 2018, IPL also introduced a mid-tournament window for franchises to trade uncapped players and players who had not played more than two matches.

Meanwhile, each franchise will be provided with a purse of ₹3 crore along with the balance left after last year’s auction. As per the reports, the auction will be happening between December 15 and 20. The matter of concern for the franchises is regarding where will the IPL take place in 2019 as India’s general elections will be taking place simultaneously.

They don’t want the matches to happen in Abu Dhabi and Dubai because they fear that the pitches might be too slow. The IPL location might possibly be South Africa just like in 2009. 

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