It seems like regular ODI openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan may open the innings for Mumbai Indians in Indian Premier League 2019. According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, Dhawan apparently had an argument with head coach Tom Moody over the retention of three players. Dhawan was brought onboard by the franchise for Rs 5.2 Cr in the player’s auction after using their Right to Match card. David Warner (Rs 12.5 crore), Manish Pandey (Rs 11 crore), Rashid Khan (Rs 9 crore) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Rs 8.5 crore) all got handsome deals after the auctions. This apparently upset Dhawan.
According to the Mumbai Mirror report, skipper Rohit Sharma himself is quite keen on Mumbai bagging the services of Dhawan. A Sunrisers Hyderabad official reportedly admitted to the daily that the franchise was in discussions with Mumbai Indians to trade Dhawan. “If we get a couple of good players as a trade-off, we’re open to it,” the official was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, Dhawan is in demand as according to the same report, Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab are also interested in getting the southpaw onboard.
The first of two IPL trading windows are currently open and will shut a week before the auction, expected to be held in the third week of December.
Dhawan and Rohit are currently a part of India’s ODI team that is taking on the touring Windies. Dhawan was earlier omitted from the Test squad after dismal performances in England. But, he bagged the Man of the Series in the Asia Cup on the back of two centuries, which shows that there is no problem with his limited overs form.