India’s southpaw opener Shikhar Dhawan is all set to return to his local team in the next edition of the IPL 2019 to Delhi Daredevils. Dhawan had made his debut in the Indian Premier League with Delhi franchise and is set to complete a full circle. The left-hander had played for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the earlier seasons.
Meanwhile, as per the reports of ESPN Cricinfo, the Hyderabad franchise have traded Dhawan in place of three players. They have made the deal with Shahbaz Nadeem, Abhishek Sharma, and Vijay Shankar. Thus, the Orange Army has decided not to retain Dhawan ahead of the next season of the extravagant Twenty20 league.
Dhawan is all set to be Daredevil now.
Shikhar Dhawan was retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad for INR 5.2 Crores (approx $820,000) in the previous auction of the IPL 2018. However, there were reports that suggested the talisman batsman was unhappy with his price tag. Therefore, SRH has decided to release him through trade.
Shahbaz Nadeem and Vijay Shankar were bought for INR 3.2 crores each. Furthermore, Abhishek Sharma was purchased for INR 55 Lakhs, which makes a total sum of INR 6.95. Consequently, Sunrisers Hyderabad will need to pay the balance amount of ( 6.95-5.20 = INR 1.75 crores) to Delhi Daredevils.
Meanwhile, there were reports that Mumbai Indians were looking to get Shikhar Dhawan on board. Furthermore, Kings XI Punjab was also interested in getting the left-hander. However, the final deal could not be confirmed.
Dhawan had made his IPL debut with the Delhi franchise. Subsequently, he moved to Mumbai Indians for a couple of seasons before finally moving to Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The left-hander was the leading run-scorer for Sunrisers Hyderabad with 2768 runs in 91 innings at 35.03 and strike rate of 125.13. In IPL 2018, Dhawan made 497 runs at 35.50 and struck his runs at 142.82.