For the first time in its history, the Indian Premier League is set to introduce a mid-season transfer window.
The tournament has approached its half-way mark and there remain many overseas and local stars who have been struggling for game time. The window could come as a boost for these players and provide them with a new lease of life.
Many struggling teams will have also identified their weaknesses and the transfer window could be the perfect chance to address those deficiencies. The IPL mid-season transfer is set to run between Match 28 and Match 42 of the tournament. That means, in theory, that it comes into effect after Sunday’s clash between Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad. It will end with the meeting between Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 10.
Here, we look at how the transfer window works.
With this being the first-ever transfer window in the IPL, it remains to be seen how active teams are during this period. Taking the rules into effect, the likes of Alex Hales, JP Duminy, Moeen Ali and Ish Sodhi will all be eligible for a transfer during the short window.
Virat Kohli is admired not only for his outrageous batting talent but also for his unwavering dedication to keeping himself supremely fit.
The India and Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper is one of the fittest players in the cricketing world and is known to maintain a very healthy and disciplined diet regime along with his rigorous workout drills.
So it came as no surprise when the 29-year-old posted a video on Twitter in which he sprinted to three singles in the space of 8.9 seconds.
A padded-up Kohli then challenged his Royal Challengers team-mate Mandeep Singh to beat his timing.
Think you can run faster than me? 🤔 Here’s my fastest time for 3 runs. Pad up and send a video of your fastest 3 runs mentioning #NewLevels and @PUMACricket . @mandeeps12 let’s see if you can beat 8.90 sec mundeya! 😏 pic.twitter.com/UOdl64NZs6— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) April 28, 2018
“Think you can run faster than me? Here’s my fastest time for 3 runs. Pad up and send a video of your fastest 3 runs mentioning #NewLevels and @PUMACricket . @mandeeps12 let’s see if you can beat 8.90 sec,” Kohli wrote in the post accompanying the video.
Kohli is considered to be one of the fastest runners between the wickets and judging by the time, it will take some doing for Mandeep to beat his skipper.
While his fitness levels remain sky high, Kohli’s Royal Challengers have not had the best of times in the IPL this year with the outfit suffering four defeats in their six games so far.
Currently lying in the penultimate position in the league table, Kohli and his men will be in action on Sunday evening when they take on the Kolkata Knight Riders at home.
MS Dhoni’s Super Kings have started this season in blistering fashion but come into the game on the back of an eight-wicket defeat to the Mumbai Indians on Sunday.
On the other hand, a change of captaincy has worked wonders for bottom-of-the-table Daredevils with Shreyas Iyer beginning his tenure with a comprehensive win against Kolkata Knight Riders.
REJUVENATED DAREDEVILS SEEK DRAMATIC TURNAROUND
It was all gloom for the Delhi franchise as they started their campaign with five defeats in their first six games. Things hit rock bottom when Gautam Gambhir announced his decision to step down as captain following the team’s poor showing. In appointing 23-year-old Iyer as the new skipper, the franchise took a brave call.
After one match, it seems like the decision has been vindicated with Iyer smashing an unbeaten 93 to lead his side to victory over the Knight Riders. That win could just be the spark the Daredevils so desperately needed and with seven games still to play, Iyer’s men could yet make a statement as they seek to turn around their fortunes.
PLAYERS IN FOCUS
Colin Munro came into the tournament with a big reputation and some serious form but the Blackcaps opener was dismal in his first two outings. He finally found his touch in the win over Kolkata with an entertaining knock of 33. That small cameo could kickstart Munro’s IPL career and if he gets going, the Daredevils can turn it up against any opposition.
On the other hand, the Super Kings will have to make do without the services of pacer Deepak Chahar for two weeks due to a hamstring injury. The Rajasthan-born pacer has been brilliant with the new ball for Dhoni’s men and it will be interesting to see who replaces Chahar in the line-up on Monday.
Dhoni could opt to go with a spinner in Karn Sharma in Chahar’s stead or he could turn to the uncapped Monu Kumar and KM Asif. There is also the possibility of Mark Wood or David Willey being brought into the line-up to bolster the pace attack and that could mean Imran Tahir missing out on Sunday.
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c, wk), Dwayne Bravo, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, David Willey.
Delhi Daredevils: Prithvi Shaw, Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishab Pant, Glenn Maxwell, Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Liam Plunkett, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Trent Boult.