Trades in IPL are limited but not so rare these days because the number of teams are more. After every season, each team looks at the possibilities and the strengths and weaknesses in their squads. Accordingly, they make the decisions and approach another franchise facing a problem with an offer.
Sometimes, the teams end up swapping the players, whereas on some occasions, there is a one-way deal, where the second party receives cash. While most of the trades have made sense in the IPL, here’s a list of four such trades which were very hard to believe.
1. One of the biggest IPL trades – Hardik Pandya from GT to MI
Hardik Pandya was the captain of Gujarat Titans in IPL 2022 and 2023. He guided the team to the trophy in 2022 and then to runners-up place in 2023. However, as per a report by ESPNCricinfo, Hardik has decided to leave Gujarat and join Mumbai now.
2. One of the biggest IPL trades – Trent Boult from DC to MI
Trent Boult has been one of the biggest match-winners in recent years. However, Delhi Capitals strangely allowed him to move for Mumbai Indians ahead of IPL 2020. MI went on to defeat DC in IPL 2020 Final to become the champions.
3. Mayank Markande
Mayank Markande had one of the unluckiest experiences in 2019/20. He was with MI in 2019, but due to Rahul Chahar’s rise, MI traded him to Delhi Capitals. Then, just before the season started, DC decided to trade him to Rajasthan Royals. It was hard to believe that a player was with three teams inside 12 months.
4. 3-team trade
It is not new to see two teams in a trade, but back in 2009, there were three teams involved in a single trade. Jaydev Shah moved from Rajasthan to Mumbai, while Pankaj Singh moved from Rajasthan to Bangalore and Gaurav Dhiman moved from MI to RCB.