IPL 2018: Sunrisers Hyderabad likely to retain Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar, Warner

They were a part of the SRH team that had lifted the IPL trophy in the 2016 edition.

David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan |
David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The build up to the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has already begun. The franchises have started to get their thinking hats on as some of the deadlines inch closer. All the teams are expected to give out their list of retained players by January 5, 2017. Amidst this backdrop, reports have surfaced that Sunrisers Hyderabad have shortlisted the three players they would retain ahead of the auctions.

The IPL 2018 auctions promises to be a huge affair. With a plethora of players set to enter the auction pool, expect the auctions to be bigger and better than the previous editions. Recently, the IPL GC had announced the rules for the player retention policies. As per the rules, all franchises can retain a maximum of 5 players in their sides.


This would include the Right to Match cards as well. A team can retain three players before the auctions. They can use their RTM cards at the auctions to get back two more players. Now, as per the reports in SportsMirchi, the Sunrisers Hyderabad have zeroed in on three cricketers they wish to retain. These three cricketers could be – captain David Warner, opener Shikhar Dhawan, and pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Stars of 2016

Interestingly, all these three cricketers have been core members of the SRH camp. They were a part of the SRH team that had lifted the IPL trophy in the 2016 edition. Over the last couple of seasons, David Warner has emerged out to be one of the consistent run getters. Dhawan has been no less either. Meanwhile, Bhuvneshwar is one of the hottest death bowling prospects in the shortest format of the game and the Purple Cap winner of the previous edition.

“Dhawan, Bhuvi and Warner have done tremendous job for Hyderabad team and these were key players in 2016’s victory. Hence we have decided to retain these three from our 2017 squad,” a close member from Sunrisers Hyderabad camp quoted.

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