Kings XI Punjab trade Marcus Stoinis to acquire Mandeep Singh
Mandeep Singh in action for India A. (Getty Image)

IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab have successfully completed a trade which saw them acquire Mandeep Singh from Royal Challengers Bangalore for Australia allrounder Marcus Stoinis. The franchise performed the swap as part of IPL’s first trading window that stretches between the conclusion of IPL 2018 and a month before the IPL auction. KXIP confirmed the swap on Twitter.

Mandeep, who has earlier played for KXIP was picked up by RCB during the auction for Rs 1.4 crore and scored 252 runs in 14 matches for them. Stoinis was sold to RCB but KXIP used their Right to Match Card, paying Rs. 6.2 crore to retain the services of the Australia allrounder. However, as KXIP finished second from bottom, Stoinis turned out disappointing numbers with 99 runs from seven matches. Overall, Stoinis has 262 runs from 19 games across three IPL seasons.

Earlier, Mumbai Indians had bought wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock in the trade-off. De Kock was bought by the three-time IPL champions for Rs 2.8 crore – the same amount RCB spent on securing the services of the South Africa cricketer at the 2018 auction. De Kock played eight matches during IPL 2018 and scored 201 runs at a strike-rate of 124.07. Previously, he was associated with Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils.

As per a report in the Mumbai Mirror, there has also been a change in guard for KXIP as far in the coaching department with former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson replacing Brad Hodge.