IPL 2021 Loan Window: 5 Potential Mid-Season Transfers | 5 potential mid-season transfers we could see in the IPL 2021 Loan Window
The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) continues to go ahead in difficult circumstances in India. All the teams have played a minimum of 5 games and the competition for the play-offs spots is already looking fierce.
In between all this, the “mid-season transfer” or “the loan window” for this season has started from 26th April 9 pm onwards and it will be open till the 23rd of May 2021. During this window, franchises can loan players from other franchises to play for their side for the rest of the season.
Players who have played less than two games for their respective teams are eligible for mid-season transfer. They cannot play against the team they’ve been loaned from.
There are many good players who are eligible for the mid-season transfer and there are franchises that need some good players due to injury or players leaving the tournament due to personal reasons, Rajasthan Royals being the perfect example.
Rajasthan Royals are the most affected side of players being injured or leaving due to personal reasons. Jofra Archer was ruled out just before the IPL started, Ben Stokes got injured in the first game and was out. Andrew Tye and Liam Livingstone left the team due to personal reasons.
As a result RR is left with only four overseas players in their squad and will surely look to loan in some players for this season.
Here we’ll discuss the potential mid-season transfer deals for IPL 2021:
Ben Cutting to Rajasthan Royals
Ben Cutting is in KKR and hasn’t played a game till now. He can prove to be a very good asset for Rajasthan considering their need for a good all-rounder, especially after Ben Stokes got injured. Cutting can open for them or can play in the lower-middle order as a finisher, which he’s known for. He can give them 3-4 overs too with the ball in hand.
Having someone like him in the batting order will take the pressure off from Sanju Samson and Jos Buttler and both of them can play their natural game. Struggling middle-order is a big concern for RR and Cutting can solve that for them.
Jason Roy to Rajasthan Royals
Rajasthan Royals are struggling to find a good opening pair. Jos Buttler is going through a bad phase as a batter while they tried Manan Vohra for four games and he too didn’t perform as expected. Yashasvi Jaiswal showed some promise in the last game but Buttler’s form is a big issue for them.
To fix this, they can loan Jason Roy from Sunrisers Hyderabad. Roy is yet to play a game for SRH and be the perfect pick for the Royals. With Roy opening, they can move Buttler down to 4 which will strengthen their middle-order too. Roy is known for his aggressive batting and he can be the one to turn RR’s fortune this season.
Lockie Ferguson to Rajasthan Royals
Jofra Archer being ruled out was a body blow for Rajasthan. He and Morris could’ve been a nightmare for the other teams. Mustafizur has done a good job for them till now but they can look to bring in Lockie Ferguson from the Kolkata Knight Riders. Lockie can bowl over 140kph+ constantly and can strengthen their bowling attack. He can be the perfect replacement for Jofra Archer and can wreak havoc alongside Chris Morris for the Royals.
Sam Billings to Punjab Kings
Punjab Kings are struggling to perform consistently this season. Their batting order is over-dependent on the top 3 of KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, and Chris Gayle. They can add someone like Sam Billings to their squad who can give stability to their batting order. Billings has been in terrific form over the past year and can be the perfect fix for the fragile batting order batting at number 4.
Billings is an excellent player of spin bowling and having someone like him will allow KL Rahul to play freely and give them a good start early in the innings.
Mohammad Nabi to Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians are really struggling at the moment. The form of their spin bowling all-rounder Krunal Pandya is a big concern for them considering the venue of their upcoming games. Krunal was not performing with either bat or the ball. He never looked like threatening the batters on the slow chepauk track,
Mumbai can bring in Mohammad Nabi from SRH. Nabi has played only one game for the orange army and with Kane Williamson now fit, his chances of getting a game are very slim. Mumbai on the other hand needs a good spin-bowling all-rounder who can assist Rahul Chahar better and give some runs with the bat. Nabi fits in this role perfectly. Mumbai played with only 3 overseas players in their last two games and is expected to not make any changes as the Delhi pitch will be the same. Nabi can hit the ball big and is an experienced campaigner with the ball. He can be the missing piece for the defending champions on these slow tracks.
These were Cricblog’s potential mid-season transfers. Do let us know your thoughts on this.
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