Virender Sehwag Parts Ways With Kings XI Punjab

After mentoring the Kings XI Punjab for three seasons, Virender Sehwag on 3 November announced that he will no longer be part of their dressing room.

Sehwag’s future at KXIP became unclear after the team appointed former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson on a two-year contract earlier this week, replacing Australian Brad Hodge.

The former India opener had become KXIP’s mentor in 2016 after being a player for two seasons.

IPL: Virender Sehwag Steps Down as Kings XI Punjab Mentor

Dhawan Headed to Delhi?

Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan is also reportedly slated to play for a new franchise this season with Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils being seen as prospective teams.

Sunrisers Hyderabad had released him into the player pool at the big auction last January but had later used their ‘Right to Match’ card to keep him in the franchise. Dhawan was bought for Rs 5.2 crore during the 2016 auction and was the team’s second-highest scorer with 497 runs in 16 matches during IPL 11.

Kings XI are reported to have offered Dhawan a Rs 1 crore pay hike along with the barter of Karun Nair to SRH. However, with Delhi offering a higher sum, the Gautam Gambhir-led franchise are now being seen as the front-runners to sign the opener this season in a barter deal.

Delhi are reportedly ready to send Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem and Abhishek Sharma to Hyderabad in place of Shikhar.

Player Switch: Marcus Stoinis and Mandeep Singh

Mumbai Mirror reported more transfer movement in RCB with the Virat Kohli-led franchise trading Indian batsman Mandeep Singh for Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis from Kings XI Punjab.

Stoinis was retained by KXIP using the ‘Right to Match’ card at the auction after RCB raised the bid to a massive Rs 6.20 crore. The Aussie though could not deliver for the franchise, scoring just 99 runs in 7 matches last season. Mandeep Singh had also seen both RCB and KXIP show interest in him at the auction with RCB making the winnings bid of Rs 1.40 crore. He was the the team’s third-highest scorer behind Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, smashing 252 runs in 14 matches.

Quinton de Kock Season’s First Trade

South African keeper Quinton de Kock became the 12th edition of Indian Premier League’s first trade when he was sold to Mumbai Indians earlier this month, as reported by ESPNCricinfo.

The Proteas player had been bough by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 2.8 crore in the auction last January. Reports suggest Mumbai Indians bought him for the same amount but will be releasing Bangladeshi bowler Mustafizur Rahman and Sri Lankan offspinner Akila Dananjaya to justify the buy. The Ambani-owned franchise had paid Rs 2.2 crore for Rahman and Rs 50 lakh for the Sri Lankan.

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