Sunrisers will miss the services of Shikhar Dhawan, who has been pretty extraordinary for the team over the years.
Shikhar Dhawan is all set to play for the Delhi Daredevils in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Shikhar Dhawan, who played for Delhi in the inaugural IPL season of 2008, joined Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2013 and was playing for them ever since. Dhawan was given the captaincy arm band by Hyderabad in 2014 and is the franchise's highest run-scorer with 2768 runs at an average of 35.03 with a strike rate of 125.13. Sunrisers paid INR 5.2 crore (approx United States dollars 820,000 at the time) to buy Dhawan back.
According to reports, Dhawan was unhappy with his current franchise SRH and there were rumours he was looking to return to Mumbai Indians.
In exchange of Dhawan, Delhi have released all-rounder Vijay Shankar, spinner Shahbaz Nadeem and the young Abhishek Sharma to Sunrisers. "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.
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SRH confirmed in the statement that the decision to trade Shikhar was best for both parties.
"It is with a heavy heart to announce that one of our long standing players Shikhar Dhawan will be moving to another franchise in 2019", the press release said. 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.
Meanwhile, the Sunrisers Hyderabad have also confirmed the move as they released a statement of Shikhar Dhawan parting ways with the franchise. "Unfortunately, the player hasn't been settled for the amount he has been bought for, which unfortunately we can not rectify, as per IPL rules", the statement said. "We wish him and his family all the best".