5 IPL Trades That Turned Out to Be Huge Mistakes

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is highly regarded as one of the best T20 cricket leagues in the world. Full of glitz and glamour, the IPL allows cricket fans to experience the enthralling gameplay of both international players and up-and-coming talent across India.

So, it’s no surprise that success doesn’t come easy in the hyper-competitive league. The management of all the franchises has to make a lot of tactical decisions, which sometimes results in harsh decisions as well.

The IPL auction is the perfect opportunity for teams to identify where their squad is lacking in and cover it by buying the appropriate players for that role. Pre-season trades are one of the methods used by franchisees to cover their weaknesses. However, the IPL has seen a number of players who were released by their original franchise and are now giving their best performance for their new teams.

Cricketbettingtips.io explores 5 such recent trade outs which have ended up being huge mistakes. If you’re someone who’s interested in betting online, then our site is your ultimate destination to know everything about wagering on the sport. With us, bettors can take advantage of the best tips, and there are various resources and guides to help you get started. 

Trent Boult (Delhi Capitals to Mumbai Indians)

With the potential to move the ball both ways even in unresponsive conditions, Trent Boult is a left-arm quick who presents a significant threat to batsmen across the globe. In the Indian Premier League, Boult has played for Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals in the past, and is now representing four-time champions Mumbai Indians. In 46 matches, Boult has scalped 58 wickets at an economy rate of 8.60.

The left-arm pacer was bought by Delhi Capitals for Rs. 2.2 crores in IPL 2018 auction, and he played 19 matches for the franchise during his two years stint with them. In 2018, he was the leading wicket-taker for the team, accounting for 18 wickets from 14 games at an economy rate of 8.84. In the last season, he picked up 5 wickets from 5 matches at an economy rate of 8.57. Boult was released by Delhi Capitals ahead of IPL auction before the 13th edition of the IPL.

Following the release, MI secured the services of Boult on a trade deal, by offering him INR 3.2 crore to close the tempting deal. This ended up being a tactical mistake for DC as Boult and Rabada together made a lethal pair.

The release has ended up strengthening Mumbai, and Boult is leading the Purple Cap race with 20 wickets in 13 games.

Shikhar Dhawan (Sun Risers Hyderabad to Delhi Capitals)

Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan had made strides with his extraordinary performances in T20 cricket around the world. In the IPL, he began with Delhi Capitals but switched alliance to Mumbai Indians in the following season. It was the Hyderabad though, where he gave his best. He was a consistent performer for Sunrisers Hyderabad since the franchise’s inception in 2012. Also, he was a vital part in Hyderabad’s title triumph in 2016 with 501 runs at an average of 38.53 in that season.

Ahead of the 12th edition of the IPL, Shikhar Dhawan was traded to DC by SRH for Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem and Abhishek Sharma. In his 13-years long IPL career that spans over 173 matches, Dhawan has amassed 5104 runs at an average of 34.48 and strike rate of 126.61. In IPL 2020, Dhawan is third on the orange cap list as of match 55 with 525 runs at an impressive average of 145.02.

Quinton de Kock (Royal Challengers Bangalore to Mumbai Indians)

Quinton De Kock’s ruthless striking with the willow and handy wicket keeping has garnered him comparisons to gems of the game like Mark Boucher and Adam Gilchrist, early in his career. By the age of 21, de Kock shared the record for the most successive ODI centuries. A year later, he was able to establish himself in all three formats.

South Africa T20 captain had played an important role in the success of Mumbai Indian’s title win in 2019. Before joining Mumbai, de Cock had played for Delhi Daredevils, Sunrisers Hyderabad and, Royal Challengers Bangalore till 2018. After playing eight matches for RCB in 2018, he was dropped from the playing XI, as Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel took the responsibility of opening the batting for the rest of the season. However, his exclusion has been a major blunder on the part of RCB management. This is because if he had been the part of current RCB XI, his handy glove work would have taken the pressure off “Mr. 360” AB de Villiers.

Mumbai Indians secured the services of the South African the next year and despite his struggle with the bat in the first half of the season, he went on to score 529 runs at an average of 35.26 and strike rate of 132.91. In the 13th edition of the IPL, de Cock has amassed 443 runs for Mumbai Indians as of match 55 at an average of 36.91.

Ravichandran Ashwin (Kings XI Punjab to Delhi Capitals)

Ravichandran Ashwin came into the public’s reckoning with his street-smart exploits in the shorter format of the game in the IPL. But since his Test debut in 2011, Ashwin has made it the habit to pick up wickets and established himself as one of the best spinners across all the three formats.

Before joining Delhi Capitals, R Ashwin has represented the Chennai Super Kings, Rising Pune Supergiant, as well as captained Kings XI Punjab for two seasons without much success – a seventh and sixth position finish in 2018 and 2019 respectively. This led to Punjab trading him to Delhi for J Suchith. In his 12-years long IPL career, he has 135 wickets to his name in 151 matches at an economy rate of 6.84.

With DC, Ashwin has had an excellent start and has performed quite well till now. In 12 matches for DC in IPL 2020, Ashwin scalped 10 wickets at an economy of 7.52 and strike rate of 30.10. He gave DC the luxury of being an off-spinner who can bowl at times when the pressure to succeed is great, and his experience as a captain of IPL side has also proved to be of great value for the franchise.

Kings XI Punjab stands in need of an experienced spinner who could guide the young recruits in their initial setup. Additionally, R Ashwin’s two-years captaincy for KIXP could have provided KL Rahul with valuable insights.

Rahul Tewatia (Delhi Capitals to Rajasthan Royals)

As an old-fashioned leg-spinner who opts to give the ball air instead of firing it through, Rahul Tewatia’s big break as a cricketer came in the IPL. In his debut match for Kings XI Punjab, he bowled a match-winning spell of 2/18 and smashed 15 runs off 8 balls.

Despite that fine performance for KXIP, Tewatia played just further two matches for them before shifting to Delhi Daredevils. There, he finally got a decent run in the cash-rich league, and in 13 matches over two seasons he accounted for eight wickets and 76 runs.

However, DC traded Rahul Tewatia and Mayank Markande for Ajinkya Rahane ahead of the 2019 IPL auctions. This proved to be a huge boost for RR, for Tewatia single-handedly guided RR to victory from crunch situations in two to three matches. In the 13th edition of the IPL, he scored 255 runs in 14 matches at a strike rate of 139.34. Also, he accounted for 10 wickets at an economy rate of 7.08.