The Indian Premier League 2019 is all set to see some familiar faces don the jerseys of new teams as the franchises continue to sell and swap players in order to get their combinations right ahead of the new season. After Mumbai Indians kick-started the trading window by roping in South African wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock from Royal Challengers Bangalore, it has been learnt that another RCB star has been sold to Kings XI Punjab in exchange for a foreign all-rounder. RCB and Indian batsman Mandeep Singh has been swapped for Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, as reported by Mumbai Mirror. Kings XI Punjab have further strengthened their already star-studded batting line-up by roping in Mandeep, who offers stability in the middle-order. However, it will be interesting to see how KXIP will slot Mandeep in the playing XI with the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair in their ranks.
Captained by Ravichandran Ashwin last season, KXIP got off to a cracking start but faltered towards the end. Their middle order was largely responsible for the losses and it seems the franchise owners and team management have started addressing the woes already. Mandeep, who has also opened the batting for RCB, is a versatile batsman who can be used anywhere in the line-up. It will be a reunion for him as the local lad reunites with his former side. Meanwhile, Stoinis who was retained by KXIP for a whopping Rs 6.20 crores through Right To Match (RTM) card is an impressive addition to the RCB squad and will provide them with much-needed balance in the squad. The Aussie all-rounder has played 19 matches in his IPL career so far, amassing 262 runs at an average of 23.81 while scalping 13 wickets. Mumbai Mirror also claims that Mike Hesson has replaced Brad Hodge as Kings XI Punjab's coach. He has previously served as the head coach of the New Zealand national team. Earlier, in the trade window, Mumbai Indians released Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman and Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya.