Mumbai Indians are reportedly in negotiations with Sunrisers Hyderabad to sign their opener Shikhar Dhawan ahead of the next edition of the Indian Premier League.
After a poor season outing in 2018, it looks like Mumbai Indians are hellbent to make amends in the upcoming season. Despite being the defending champions, Mumbai Indians had a season to forget. They eventually finished the season at the fifth position. And one of the reasons behind their poor show was the failure of the top-order. The opening pair of Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis could not deliver on a consistent basis for the three-time IPL champions.
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And it looks like Mumbai have learnt their lessons as they have already started preparation to bolster their top-order. The Mumbai-based outfit has already secured the services of Quinton de Kock from Royal Challengers Bangalore and are now eyeing to sign Shikhar Dhawan.
As per reports in Mumbai Mirror, Mumbai Indians are currently negotiating with Sunrisers Hyderabad to secure the services of their opener Shikhar Dhawan. The India opener had played for Mumbai Indians in 2009 and 2010.
The report claimed that Dhawan is unhappy with the franchise and has already stated that he wants to leave. Dhawan’s contract will end after three years but the franchise would not really want to keep an unhappy player.
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With nothing confirmed at the moment, several theories are circulating over the opener’s seeming disinterest with the Sunrisers. One theory is that he had an argument with head coach Tom Moody while another one is that he is not happy with the fee he is getting from the franchise.
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Dhawan reportedly wanted to be retained as the No. 1 or No. 2 player in the franchise. In such a case, his fees could have run into Rs 10-12 crore. However, the franchise released him before buying him back using the ‘right to match’ (RTM) card. His eventual price at the auction was Rs 5.2 crore.
The fees is considerably lower than what the likes of Virat Kohli (Rs 17 crore), Rohit Sharma (Rs 15 crore), MS Dhoni (Rs 15 crore) and several others are earning. Even the likes of Jaydev Unadkat (Rs 11.5 crore), KL Rahul (11 crore), Manish Pandey (11 crore), Glenn Maxwell (Rs 9 crore) and Krunal Pandya (Rs 8.8 crore) earn more than Dhawan.
A top Sunrisers official admitted to being in discussions with Mumbai Indians to trade Dhawan.
“That’s right. If we get a couple of good players as a trade-off, we’re open to it,” he said.
The IPL trading window is currently open and will remain so till a week before the auction. The auction is likely to take place in mid-December. Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians have also sold bowlers Mustafizur Rahman and Akila Dananjaya.
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