IPL 2022 Auction: Why Rohit Sharma-Led Mumbai Indians (MI) Should Target Shikhar Dhawan
IPL 2022 Auction: Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are arguably the best opening pair ever for India in white-ball cricket.
Mumbai: The most successful IPL team, Mumbai Indians, still have Rs 48 Cr to buy a team at the upcoming mega auction. With the side having let go of many of their stars, there are many vacancies that need to be plugged in. One of the holes Mumbai would have to plug is at the top – who opens with captain Rohit Sharma, now that Quinton de Kock has been released?
While the management would be weighing and contemplating options, one reckons Shikhar Dhawan could still be an asset at the IPL stage. Here are reasons why Mumbai Indians should bid for Dhawan, who has kept himself at a base price of Rs 2 Cr.
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Opening With Rohit: Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are arguably the best opening pair ever for India in white-ball cricket. They have played a lot with each other and that of course, would be a massive advantage. What makes the choice wise is the fact that Dhawan is a left-hander.
Immense Experience: Experience is irreplaceable and that is exactly what Shikhar Dhawan brings to the table. He has featured in 192 IPL games and amassed 5784 runs. He may be 36, but he still has cricket left in him.
Good form: The left-hander, who is now in South Africa for the limited-overs series, has been in good form. In the first ODI, Dhawan hit 79 and at a brisk pace. In the second ODI as well, he got a start but was dismissed for 29. In 2021 IPL, he hit 587 runs in 16 matches.
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