Defending IPL champions Mumbai Indians have opted for a players transfer in a trade with Delhi Capitals. The four-time title winners have released leg-spinner Mayank Markande and roped in West Indies all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford.
Markande had a good debut season with Mumbai Indians in 2018 as he picked up 15 wickets and was the third highest wicket-taker for his team in that edition. However, Mumbai Indians preferred Rahul Chahar over Markande in the 2019 season, with the former picking up 13 wickets in 13 matches while the latter played only three matches with a solitary wicket.
“We wish Mayank the very best for his future. He is a brilliant talent and we were fortunate to have spotted and nurtured him early. It is a difficult decision for us, but we are releasing him for better cricketing prospects and know that he is on the cusp of emerging as yet another shining star of Indian cricket. He will always be a part of the Mumbai Indians family,” said Akash Ambani, the owner of Mumbai Indians.
Meanwhile, Rutherford, who made his IPL debut in 2019 with the Capitals, featured in seven matches in which he scored 73 runs and picked up one wicket. Rutherford, however, had an impressive CPL season last year as he scored 171 runs in eight games at an average of 34.20.
“I am excited to welcome the talented Sherfane into our family. He has impressed us with his all-round skills and match-winning attitude. His exploits across the world at such an early stage of his career have been impressive and we believe he finds his home at MI,” added Ambani.