India’s limited-overs star, Shikhar Dhawan is all set to become the biggest draw to move in the transfer window ahead of the impending Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions in December.
According to reports, Dhawan is seemingly unhappy with his fees with Sunrisers opting to retain David Warner [12 crores] and Bhuvneshwar Kumar [8.5 crores]. Dhawan was only retained via RTM for Rs 5.2 crore and this has seemingly offset the southpaw leading to an argument with SRH coach Tom Moody.
“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 suggested that Dhawan got into an argument with Sunrisers coach Tom Moody after he insisted 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.
In the initial reports (by Mumbai Mirror), it was being construed that Dhawan might move to the Mumbai Indians reuniting with his India opener Mumbai Indians, Rohit Sharma, but if reports in the Times of India are to be believed, Dhawan is all set to join King XI Punjab where he could see his salary doubled-up.
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Kings XI Punjab is reportedly planning to swap Karun Nair with the Indian opener which would mean we could see KL Rahul locking horns with the Delhi batsman at the top of the order.
Dhawan, who scored 497 runs at an average of 38.23 in the last season, has racked up 4058 runs in 143 IPL games at an average of 33.26. The Southpaw built a formidable opening pair with David Warner and the pair was instrumental in Sunrisers’ surge as an IPL powerhouse in the past four years.
As a part of IPL transfer window, the BCCI has asked all the eight franchises the submit the list of traded/released players by November 15 before the 2019 Auctions start off in mid-December.
The IPL has two trading windows. While the first window starts after the end of the season and lasts until a month prior to the auctions, the second window starts after the auction ends until the start of the new season.
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Royal Challengers Bangalore has already traded Proteas wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock to Mumbai Indians while the 3-time champions have released Mustafizur Rahaman and Sri Lankan off-spinner Akila Dhananjaya.