There were a handful of insane trades that lit up the release and retention window of IPL 2024. With the trade window still open but only an all-cash window that can define the complexion of the tournament later, the chances of players getting traded are minimal.
However, teams will be hoping to make significant number of trades if that fits their bill like the way RCB and MI got their hands on big names. With the trades already made, here are three big trades which can define IPL 2024 emphatically.
#1 Cameron Green to RCB
It was an all cash trade for sure but then with that being said, RCB would love this addition to the side. As RCB’s director of cricket, Mo Bobat pointed it out, “He’s a high-quality, skillful and powerful batsman. He’s got the game against both pace and spin. He’s got international experience across formats and I’m sure he will enjoy batting at the Chinnaswamy. So, seeing him do that will be really exciting. He’s also a fantastic bowler and he bowls with pace and bounce, which were certainly attributes we were looking for particularly in our home conditions. Let’s not forget what an exceptional fielder he is. Some of the catches he has taken in recent times fielding at gully is seriously impressive.” Well, we all know what Green is capable of and once he arrives in India, let’s just say that maintaining safe distance from the field of play is the wisest option.
#2 Hardik Pandya to MI
We all know what Hardik Pandya brings to the table. However, things are a lot different now. The Hardik Pandya that Mumbai Indians allowed to go is not the one who has returned. Ever since his return to IPL from injury as a captain for Gujarat Titans, he has been sensational not just as a leader but as an all-rounder. His bowling has improved by leaps and bounds and more importantly he is obviously the future captaincy choice once Rohit steps down, both from India and Mumbai. So when you look for an Indian all-rounder, Pandya is your most obvious go to choice.
#3 Devdutt Padikkal to LSG
Padikkal was losing himself in the shadow of Yashasvi Jaiswal and despite all the fine knocks that he played in the middle-order, his true brilliance lied up front. Given the sudden shift of roles, RR needed someone who could actually step up at number three without compromising for a youngster’s space who can actually be an asset for India. LSG knew exactly what they had to do. Not only will Padikkal’s inclusion to the team allow KL Rahul to drop down the order but it also provided an explosive opening option to LSG.