Reports: Unhappy with SRH, Shikhar Dhawan likely to move to Mumbai Indians

Reports: Unhappy with SRH, Shikhar Dhawan likely to move to Mumbai Indians

Dhawan reportedly got into an argument with coach Tom Moody.

Shikhar Dhawan
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Shikhar Dhawan celebrates his half-century. (Photo by IANS)

India’s limited overs opener Shikhar Dhawan is reportedly unhappy with his IPL team the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and is looking to jump boats. According to reports, the left-hander is not satisfied with his low fee, and the Sunrisers are negotiating a transfer for him with three-time champions Mumbai Indians. If the move materializes successfully, Dhawan will be joining his Indian teammate and opening partner Rohit Sharma in the new setup.

The prolific pair, who’ve been in top form for India, will reunite for the franchise in what could be a huge boost for the Mumbai outfit ahead of the new season. Dhawan has previously played for the Mumbai Indians for two consecutive seasons back in 2009 and 2010. He’s developed as a solid limited-overs cricketer and his numbers speak for themselves.

The flamboyant left-hander has been one of the consistent Indian batsmen in the tournament since its inception and has also been one of the leading run-getters for the Sunrisers since he joined the franchise in 2013. He amassed 497 runs at an average of 38.23 last season, striking the ball at close to 137. Dhawan has 4058 runs under his belt off 143 IPL games, averaging a healthy 33.

Why is Dhawan unhappy with the Sunrisers?

The Mumbai Mirror report which revealed Shikhar Dhawan’s dissatisfaction with his current IPL team, read, “Dhawan is not happy in Sunrisers Hyderabad and has expressed his desire to leave.” Although he has a contract with the franchise for the next three years, a move can indeed be forced out. The report further suggested that Dhawan got into an argument with Sunrisers coach Tom Moody. He insisted on being retained by the franchise as the no.1 or no.2 player since he is one of the top four limited-overs players in the Indian team.

Shikhar Dhawan was bought for Rs 5.2 crore in the auctions with SRH using the Right To Match card to retain him. However, he wasn’t the Sunrisers’ biggest buy as they also retained David Warner and Bhuvneshwar Kumar for Rs 12 and Rs 8.5 crore respectively.

“That’s right. If we get a couple of good players as a trade-off, we’re open to it,” a Sunrisers official was quoted as saying by Mumbai Mirror. The report further mentioned that the franchise is also trying to negotiate a deal with Kings XI Punjab and the Delhi Daredevils. The IPL trading window is currently open for a week. Yesterday, the Mumbai Indians confirmed the arrival of South African wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock as the first trade of the window. Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman has been released by the Rohit Sharma-led side as well.

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