The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) have agreed upon a straight swap trade involving batsman Mandeep Singh and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis in the IPL 2019's first trading window.
The Kings XI Punjab will welcome back Singh who was a part of the franchise squad from 2011 to 2014 before switching over camps to the RCB in 2015.
The Bangalore-based franchise also reinvested in the services of the 26-year-old batsman in 2018 during the auction, purchasing him for INR 1.40 crore.
Singh scored 597 runs in 20 T20 matches while representing the RCB at a strike rate of 128.94, having scored 763 runs in 41 matches for the KXIP previously at a strike rate of 120.72.
The batsman has regularly represented Punjab in domestic tournaments in recent times which may be a factor behind the decision.
Saada King, Mandeep Singh!
Our PUNJAB da puttar is back!
Looking forward to many celebrations and even more runs from you.
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) October 28, 2018
Stoinis on the other hand promises to be a good acquisition for the RCB who recently traded wicket-keeper batsman Quinton De Kock to the Mumbai Indians in exchange for monetary compensation.
The Australian all-rounder has been an effective performer for the KXIP in the past and can be expected to deliver more of the same for the RCB as well.