Sunrisers Hyderabad have swapped Shikhar Dhawan with Delhi Daredevils in favour of three players – Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem and Abhishek Sharma. The official confirmation came on Monday (November 5) after weeks of speculation over the southpaw being unhappy at SRH.
The move back to Delhi is a homecoming for the left-hander who is not only a Delhiite, but also began his IPL career for the Delhi franchise in the inaugural IPL season in 2008. He had been with Sunrisers Hyderabad since 2013, becoming the team’s top-scorer with a tally of 2768 runs from 91 innings.
Going into the IPL 2018 auction, Sunrisers had chosen to retain David Warner and Bhuvneshwar Kumar but paid Rs 5.2 crore to eventually buy Dhawan back using the Right to Match (RTM) card. SRH confirmed that the left-handed batsman was unhappy with the price tag. Subsequently, Dhawan was rumoured to be joining Mumbai Indians to partner Rohit Sharma with another report suggesting a trade with Kings XI Punjab.
SRH confirmed in the statement that the decision to trade Shikhar was best for both parties. “Sunrisers value the great contribution that Shikhar has made over years and is saddened that due to financial reasons, he feels it is time to move on,” the Sunrisers statement said.
The statement read, “It is with a heavy heart that we announce, that one of our long standing players, Shikhar Dhawan, will be moving to another franchise in 2019. The SunRisers were delighted to pick Shikhar up in the auction after using one of its RTM (right to match) cards earlier in the year. Unfortunately, it has become apparent that the player has been unsettled ever since with the amount he was bought for in the auction, which unfortunately we cannot rectify due to IPL rules.”
“The franchise has made the decision to trade Shikhar as they feel it is best for both parties. SunRisers value great contribution that Shikhar has made over the years, and saddened that due to financial reasons, he feels it’s time to move on. We wish him and his family all the best.”
As per the financial terms, Delhi Daredevils had bought the trio of Shankar (Rs 3.2 crore), Nadeem (Rs 3.2 crore) and Abhishek (Rs 55 lakh) for a total of Rs 6.95 crore compared with Dhawan’s price of Rs 5.2 crore, which meant Sunrisers had to shell out the balance amount in cash.