Transfers during this window
Here are the transfers between the teams during the transfer window:
1. DINESH KARTHIK moves from KINGS XI PUNJAB to MUMBAI INDIANS:
The Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper batsman was the first transfer of the transfer window. Dinesh was a talented batsman for whichever team he played for, be it Delhi, or Punjab. However, Punjab were unable to harness his full ability because skipper Adam Gilchrist was always keeping. Mumbai will be able to, though as their current keeper Davy Jacobs is not always there for Mumbai to depend on.
2. RAJAGOPAL SATHISH from MUMBAI INDIANS to KINGS XI PUNJAB
Sathish was the 2nd transfer of the transfer window. Another Tamilian, this all-rounder can bowl pretty well and bat down the order as well. He has done well for Mumbai in the previous tournament. Having him in the low order with the likes of Ryan Harris and Praveen Kumar means that the KXIP batting line up can simply blow apart any bowling any time.
3. KEVIN PIETERSEN moves from DECCAN CHARGERS to DELHI DAREDEVILS
Kevin Pietersen was the third transfer of the trading window. The hard hitting Englishman was first bought by RCB at a whoop-de-do $1.55 million. He led RCB in 5 games in IPL 2 and played a few games in IPL 3, and did well. He was purchased by DC at $650,000 in the Player Auctions 2011 . However, due to an injury in the ICC World Cup 2011, he was unable to play a single game for the Chargers, who finished 7th in the league. The Delhi Daredevils will find Pietersen’s inclusion useful and maybe they will leave out Ozzie batsman Aaron Finch for him. With the likes of Sehwag and David Warner and James Hopes in their batting line up, including KP will make them all-powerful.He also is the only DD player who dosen’t play for Australia, South Africa or India 🙂
4. HARMEET SINGH moves from DECCAN CHARGERS to KINGS XI PUNJAB
Harmeet Singh was the 4th transfer of the auction window, 2nd from DC. A good fast bowler, making Harmeet bowl the death overs is a gamble. He will be hit for boundaries or sixes in the first 3 balls, but he will get a wicket in the 4th ball. He helped DC win the IPL 2009 final vs RCB by taking out Rahul Dravid and Mark Boucher. His inclusion into KXIP will mean that Gilchrist will have a variation of bowlers that include Harmeet, Bharghav Bhatt, Love Ablish, Shalabh Srivastava and Vikramjeeet Malik to choose from. Harmeet will also be happy to be re-united with his former DC team mates skipper Adam Gilchrist and fast bowler Ryan Harris.
5. ANDREW McDONALD moves from DELHI DAREDEVILS to ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE
Andrew McDonald was the 5th transfer of the trading window. The Australian all rounder can blast out of the park and single-handedly win matches for any team. He is currently skipper of the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash T20, batting at a whoop-de-do average of 52.00 with a strike-rate of 136.84. His medium pace is something reliable as well. McDonald’s inclusion in the RCB team will greatly strengthen their delicate middle-order and will add to their bowling strength. Either RCB will leave out opener Tillakaratne Dilshan or keeper AB de Villiers for him (not that they should, both are in fine form), or keep him as a sub in case someone is injured. McDonald is also RCB’s 5th former DD player 🙂
6. PRAGHYAN OJHA moves from DECCAN CHARGERS to MUMBAI INDIANS
Praghyan Ojha becme the 6th and final transfer of the IPL trading window, 3rd outgoing from DC. This Orissa-born left arm spinner was crucial in DC’s title victory in IPL 2009, and won the Purple Cap in IPL 2010. He is currently a part of India’s test squad and did well in the Windies’ tour of India. He will be a good bowling partner for Harbhajan Singh. With an already powerful Mumbai bowling attack with the likes of Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan,Abu Nechim, Kieron Pollard and James Franklin, Praghu’s inclusion will help Mumbai to accomplish their motto “duniya hilladenge hum”.