Mumbai Indians,led by Sachin Tendulkar,have swapped Karnataka Ranji Trophy captain Robin Uthappa with left-arm pace spearhead Zaheer Khan,who represented Bangalore’s Royal Challengers in the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League last year,at no cost to either franchise.
“It happened last night. We have traded Uthappa for Zaheer at no cost. We had earlier swapped our player Ashish Nehra with Delhi Daredevils batsman Shikhar Dhawan. We have thus maintained the balance of the team,” said a spokesperson for Mumbai Indians,owned by Reliance Industries.
“These are the only two trade-offs that have taken place as far as we know,” the spokesperson added as the month-long IPL players’ trading window closes on Thursday.
The move was on the cards with the Bangalore outfit showing keen interest in taking in flamboyant batsman Uthappa for in-form bowler Zaheer,who played a crucial role in Mumbai outclassing Uttar Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy final at Hyderabad recently.