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Eleven years after making his debut for Delhi Daredevils, Shikhar Dhawan is all set to return back to his home side leaving his current franchise, Sunrisers Hyderabad. The deal sees Delhi trade all-rounders Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar and Shahbaz Nadeem in exchange for the opener.
Dhawan, who was not retained by the Sunrisers in last year’s mega auction, brought him back for an amount of 5.2cr. Following this deal, rumors have erupted that the opener has not been happy with his price tag and is believed to be the sole reason to provoke this deal.
The deal will see Sunrisers pay Delhi 1.75crs as the trio of Shankar (INR 3.2 cr), Nadeem (INR 3.2 cr) and Abhishek (INR 55 lakhs) were purchased for a total of INR 6.95 crore last year.
Dhawan last played for Daredevils in the first season of the IPL in 2008. Then he moved to Mumbai for a couple of years and finally arrived in Hyderabad, initially playing for Deccan Chargers for a year before joining Sunrisers in 2013.
Dhawan has been the leading run-scorer for Sunrisers with a tally of 2768 from 91 innings at an average of 35.03 and strike-rate of 125.13. In the 2018 IPL, he made 497 runs at 35.50. Him along with his partner, David Warner, have combined to add 2357 runs for the franchise, only to be bettered by Gayle-Kohli and de Villiers-Kohli pair.
This Dhawan trade marks the second major deal to have taken place this season after Quinton de Kock was traded off from Royal Challengers Bengaluru to Mumbai Indians in exchange for money.
Apart from these two high profile deals, the only other trade to have taken place is the exchange of Mandeep Singh (RCB) for the New Zealand all-rounder Marcus Stoinis (KXIP).