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IPL rumors: Shikhar Dhawan’s return to Delhi Daredevils imminent in a swap deal

Shikhar Dhawan is set to return to his home state’s franchise Delhi Daredevils after 11 years for IPL 2019. The left-handed Indian opener played for the Delhi Daredevils in the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League in 2008,

Dhawan, who was not retained by the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2018 IPL auctions, is set to head out to Delhi in a swap deal that will see Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem, and Abhishek Sharma switch sides according to a report inĀ ESPNCricinfo.

Dhawan is the leading top-scorer for the Sunrisers, having scored 2768 runs overall, 497 of which came in the 2018 IPL.

South Africa’s Quinton de Kock switched from Royal Challengers Bangalore to Mumbai Indians in an all-money deal earlier this month. De Kock was bought for a price of Rs. 2.8 crores by the RCB in the 2018 IPL auctions.

There were reports that Dhawan was switching camps from the Sunrisers, where he was told to be unhappy with his price tag. The story was making rounds for quite some time.

The teams that came in the fray included the Kings XI Punjab and the Mumbai Indians, before the Daredevils jumped into the race.

The Kings XI reportedly agreed to bump up Dhawan’s price by Rs. 1 crore and offered Karun Nair to the Sunrisers in a swap deal according to some reports. However, the deal that is reportedly agreed upon, will see the Daredevils giving away three of its players to the Hyderabad franchise, who won their inaugural title in 2016.

The auctions are set to be held on December 16.

The combined price of Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem and Abhishek Sharma is Rs. 6.95 crores, while Dhawan was released and bought back by the Sunrisers for Rs. 5.2 crores. As a result, the Hyderabad franchise will be bound to pay the difference of amount in cash.

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