According to a report by ESPNcricinfo, the Proteas stalwart has transferred to Mumbai Indians in an all-money deal. The South African was brought by Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2018 auctions at a price of $437,000 and as per reports, Mumbai have paid the same price to secure his services for the 2019 edition.
To offset the cost of De Kock’s purchase, Mumbai Indians have released Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman along with Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya.
The 25-year-old did not have the best of times with Bangalore in the last IPL where he scored 201 runs in eight matches at a strike-rate of 124.07. De Kock has previously played for the Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad and his overall IPL record stands at 927 runs from 34 innings.
The southpaw has managed to register one ton and six half-centuries in his stints so far in the IPL.
IPL franchises have been given a deadline of November 15 to retain and release their players ahead of the auction for next season which is set to take place in December this year.
There still remains uncertainty over the venue for the 2019 edition of the competition with India set to go for general elections next year. When general elections were held in 2014, the tournament was shifted to the UAE. The Gulf country will be in the running once again should the IPL opt for a different venue with South Africa also a possible option.
According to reports in India, the RCB management is likely to name retired South Africa international AB de Villiers as skipper following the failure of Kohli to win silverware. Kohli is the second-highest run scorer in IPL history (4948 runs) but under his captaincy since 2013, the team has made it to one final while also finishing last, second last and third last.
RCB have removed Daniel Vettori as coach and have brought in Gary Kirsten and Ashish Nehra in a new-look coaching structure. Fielding coach Trent Woodhill and bowling coach Andrew McDonald have also been sacked. Therefore, news of Kohli being sacked and the RCB making a fresh start gained credence.
However, the RCB management issued a denial to an Indian publication – India Today – stating: “We can clarify that the news is incorrect and Virat Kohli is very much the captain of RCB for the next season as well.”
At the international level as well, Kohli is enjoying a great time as a batsman but his captaincy has not been up to desired levels. Kohli’s Indian team has failed to cross the finish line in Tests and ODIs. India imploded in the 2017 Champions Trophy final, lost the Test series in South Africa earlier in the year and have now lost the Pataudi Trophy in England after looking more than capable of winning some or all of the them.
Nehra, 39, is no stranger to the set-up, having been appointed bowling coach last season and will share duties alongside Gary Kirsten.
“I had the privilege to join the coaching team of RCB last season and feel very passionately about the team. I want to thank the team management for considering me in a leadership position with the franchise and look forward to successful seasons ahead,” Nehra said in a statement after the announcement on Wednesday.
The ex-pacer brings plenty of experience to the role after playing in all three formats in a career spanning 18 years.
Royal Challengers Bangalore chairman Sanjeev Churiwala was delighted to have Nehra on board. “We are very happy to have Nehra join RCB as part of the coaching leadership team. Ashish and Gary will partner the captain to help the team deliver better performance,” he said.
Ashish Nehra confirmed as coach and will join @Gary_Kirsten in the coaching leadership team of RCB for the coming IPL. Click 👉 https://t.co/T213VBwCkv to read more. #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/SjTMbXuYTF— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) September 5, 2018