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In a surprising rise of events, Sunrisers Hyderabad expressed their intent to trade off their marquee batsman and former captain Shikhar Dhawan. As per reports, Mumbai Indians are in the lead to sign the left-handed opener.
A source from Sunrisers Hyderabad stated to Mumbai Mirror:
“If we get a couple of good players as a trade-off, we’re open to it,”
The Indian opener was reportedly upset after the franchise did not opt to retain him with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and David Warner given preference. Despite the squad retaining him at the auction with the help of a Right To Match card, Dhawan only bagged INR 5.2 Cr, which is exceedingly less than what the retained players earned.
Moreover, the 32-year-old was involved in an argument with head coach Tom Moody during IPL 2018. Although the southpaw from Delhi has two years remaining in his contract, Dhawan has apparently expressed his desire to leave the side.
Apart from that, it is learned that Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma is interested as well to bring his national side opener over to the franchise in the west. This would see Dhawan making a return to the franchise where he spent a season at during the initial stages of his career.
Mumbai Indians will face stern competition in the race to sign the flamboyant opener as Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils are vying for the services of Dhawan as well.
The first trade period will end before a week of the IPL auctions which is slated to take place on December 16 in Goa.
Mumbai Indians recently made their first trade official after acquiring Quinton De Kock from Royal Challengers Bangalore for a sum of INR 2.6 Cr. The franchise also released Muztafizur Rahman and Akila Dananjaya.