Published: October 29, 2018 11:14:49 am
Kings XI Punjab have been quite active in the IPL’s first trading window and have now registered their second trade-off with a straight swap of Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis for Mandeep Singh. KXIP acquired the services of Mandeep from Royal Challengers Bangalore. Earlier, in the IPL auctions of 2018 Stoinis was sold to the RCB but KXIP retained him by Right-To-Match card for a sum 6.20 crore. On the other hand, RCB had bought Mandeep for 1.40 crore.
Stoinis played 19 matches for KXIP where he hit 262 runs at a strike rate of 125.96. He also picked up 13 wickets. Mandeep featured in 40 T20s for RCB and scored 597 runs at an average of 22.11 and a strike rate of 128.94. Mandeep had earlier represented KXIP from 2011-2014. In 49 matches for Punjab, Mandeep had scored 873 runs at an average of 22.38 and a strike rate of 126.33. Mandeep plays for Punjab in the domestic circuit as well.
Meanwhile, according to a report in Mumbai Mirror former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has reportedly replaced Brad Hodge as the head coach of Kings XI Punjab.
Kings XI Punjab had a poor IPL season in 2018 where they finished second last. Led by R Ashwin Punjab were in red-hot form during the beginning of the IPL but tapered down towards the end.
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