Some of these players who changed teams have taken their performances a notch higher after switching franchises. Not being able to perform in a certain edition(s) has forced the franchises to release them, but other teams have boosted their squad with the help of these players.
TimesofIndia.com here takes a look at some of the players who have moved to different franchises in the last couple of years and have performed exceptionally well to take their new teams to new heights:
Marcus Stoinis (From RCB to Delhi Capitals)
Australia’s Marcus Stoinis has been a standout performer this IPL when it comes to performances by all-rounders. Winning matches with both bat and ball, Stoinis has been one of the top-ranked players for Delhi Capitals this season. But things were not always bright for Stoinis. Last year, playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Stoinis had a decent outing (10 matches – 211 runs and 2 wickets). But he was released by the franchise. During the bidding war at the December 2019 auctions, DC management rightly saw the potential in the 31-year-old and bought him for a whopping Rs 4.8 crore. Repaying the faith, Stoinis this year, has been at a whole new level. In the 7 matches played so far, Stoinis has scored 175 runs at a strike rate of 175. And in the bowling department, Stoinis has picked up six wickets, including in the nerve-wracking final over against Kings XI Punjab, that forced the game into a SuperOver, which Delhi eventually won. In the 5 Delhi wins out of their seven games so far, Stoinis has played a crucial part almost in every single match, helping his team stay in the top bracket of the points table.
Quinton de Kock (From RCB to Mumbai Indians)
The most successful franchise in the IPL, Mumbai Indians has a knack of picking the best players at the right time and moulding their capabilities to their advantage. One such player in the recent past has been South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock. After a par 2018 edition with the Royal Challengers Bangalore, where De Kock managed runs at a poor average of 25.12, MI bought him from RCB ahead of the 2019 edition. And De Kock just took off after finding his new home. Scoring 529 runs in 16 games, De Kock ended as the third highest run-getter in the 2019 edition and played some really crucial knocks in MI’s journey to their fourth IPL title. This year too De Kock has been on-song for MI. After struggling at the start of the tournament, De Kock has now found his lost form and has been one of the biggest factors in MI currently being at the top of the table. With 191 runs in 7 matches, De Kock has been providing MI some perfect starts alongside ‘Hitman’ Rohit Sharma. Behind the stumps too, De Kock has shown some brilliant glove work, taking 7 catches and effecting a stumping so far in the competition in 2020.
Trent Boult (From DC to Mumbai Indians)
Currently the joint second-highest wicket taker in the tournament in IPL 2020, Trent Boult has been right on the money this year for his new franchise Mumbai Indians. Traded in from Delhi Capitals ahead of the 2019 auctions, Boult previously played two seasons for Delhi but did not make much of an impact. After a 18-wicket season in 2018, Boult played only 5 matches for Delhi in the 2019 edition and managed to take 5 wickets in that period. That forced Delhi to release him. But Mumbai, seeing it as a big opportunity, cashed in at the right time to snap up Boult. Along with the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and James Pattinson, Boult’s inclusion in Mumbai has bolstered their pace attack and it is now perhaps the most lethal pace combination in the IPL. Bowling beautifully with the new ball, Boult has given skipper Rohit Sharma a big advantage to use Bumrah at the death. Boult himself has been superb in the death overs too and is been the top wicket-taker so far for the franchise alongside Bumrah.
Chris Morris (From DC to Royal Challengers Bangalore)
South African all-rounder Chris Morris made the biggest positive impact in the last couple of matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Coming back into the playing XI after missing the first five games due to an injury, Morris’ return has been a big boost for RCB, giving the Virat Kohli-led squad the perfect balance. In the 2 matches played so far, Morris has bowled brilliantly, returning figures of 3/19 and 2/17 in the games against Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders. Bought for a whopping Rs 10 crore in the last IPL auction in December 2019, Morris, whose base price was Rs 1.5 Crore joined RCB after his 3-year stint at Delhi Capitals. A par outing in the 2019 edition for DC, where Morris managed 13 wickets and just 32 runs in 9 games, forced the franchise to release him. Realizing the window of opportunity to buy the Proteas all-rounder, RCB spent a hefty sum for Morris and the results have started to pour in for the franchise, putting them on the third spot at the halfway of the tournament. Morris so far has nailed it for RCB in the bowling department but however till now has not got an opportunity to show his heroics with the bat. With the business end of the tournament approaching, a fit-again Morris possesses a great threat to the opposition and will be a key player for the Virat Kohli-led RCB, eying their maiden IPL title.
Mohammed Shami (From DC to Kings XI Punjab)
Mohammed Shami has been the biggest revelation in the Indian team in the last couple of years. Shami 2.0 has been fast and furious and has been menacing against the opposition. And his performance has exactly been the same for his IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab in the past two years. After a four-year stint at Delhi, where his last 3 years were well below par — 13 wickets in 20 games across three years, KXIP showed faith in his abilities and bought him in the player auction before the 2019 edition. Making the most of the second chance given to him, Shami was at his lethal best in the 2019 edition for KXIP. With 19 wickets in 14 matches, Shami was the joint fifth-highest wicket taker in IPL that year and the top performer for KXIP in 2019. And in the 2020 edition as well, the 30-year-old has been in top form, so far managing 10 wickets in 7 games. However, the performance of his team has not been up to the mark this season, as KXIP have lost 6 out of their 7 games and are currently languishing at the bottom of the table.