Mumbai Indians have had quite a busy off-season during the IPL, trying to assemble a strong squad for the 12th edition of the IPL in 2019. They have already created history, buying devastating South African opener and wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock from the Royal Challengers Bangalore for 2.8 crores in what turned out to be the first trade-off in the history of the league.
Now Mumbai Indians are making a contingency plan to further add to their squad by adding captain Rohit Sharma’s opening partner in the Indian team, Shikhar Dhawan to their ranks. Mumbai-based newspaper Mumbai Mirror are reporting that the IPL franchise will try to sign Dhawan from the Sunrisers Hyderabad, in what will certainly be a massive trade-off.
A Sunrisers Hyderabad official confirmed the story to Mumbai Mirror, saying, “That’s right. If we get a couple of good players as a trade-off, we’re open to it.”
It is believed that Dhawan is unhappy with the Hyderabad-based franchise, who decided against retaining him last year, which could have fetched him the big bucks. He eventually returned to Hyderabad, who used their right to match card for him and bought him for 5.2 crores.
It is also believed that Delhi Daredevils are interested in procuring the services of Dhawan.
If Mumbai Indians do indeed pull this deal off, it will be nothing short of a coup in the eyes of their fans.