Shikhar Dhawan has been released by SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) ahead of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. The dashing left-handed batsman will be seen where he began his IPL journey in the augural season. Dhawan will be playing in Delhi Daredevils (DD) in the IPL 2019 season, after he was traded in the transfer window open till November 15.
Both the franchises, Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad, confirmed the news on Twitter. Earlier, speculations were rife that Shikhar Dhawan is unhappy with the amount that he is getting at SRH. Rumours were also doing the rounds that Dhawan will be moving back to Mumbai Indians (MI).
However, putting all speculations to rest, Delhi Daredevils confirmed Shikhar Dhawan’s return to the franchise. On their Twitter account, they wrote, “Brace yourselves, for he has returned, where it all began! Welcome Home, Shikhar Dhawan. #DilDilli #Dhadkega.”
Here’s What Delhi Daredevils Tweeted on Shikhar Dhawan’s Return at DD for IPL 2019:
Brace yourselves, for he has returned, where it all began!
— Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) November 5, 2018
In their media release, SunRisers Hyderabad said, “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 Right-to-Match (RTM) cards earlier this year…..Sunrisers value the 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.”
Here’s What SunRisers Hyderabad Said on Shikhar Dhawan’s Departure from SRH:
We have traded Shikhar Dhawan to Delhi Daredevils for Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem and Abhishek Sharma. We thank Shikhar for his contribution to the team over the years and wish him the very best. pic.twitter.com/oEqwJ61yw1
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) November 5, 2018
The SunRisers Hyderabad franchise also announced that they had traded Shikhar Dhawan for three DD players, i.e. Shahbaz Nadeem, Vijay Shankar, and Abhishek Sharma.
Earlier, Quinton de Kock was released by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) franchise, and the South African wicket-keeper batsman was sold to Mumbai Indians. With only 10 days in the transfer window remaining open, it will be interesting to see which other players are traded or sold for the upcoming edition of Indian Premier League (IPL).