Champions League 2013

Dhawan to captain Sunrisers in CLT20

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September 15, 2013

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Shikhar Dhawan plays to the off side, Sunrisers Hyderabad v Mumbai Indians, IPL, Hyderabad, May 1, 2013
Shikhar Dhawan will lead the Sunrisers in the Champions League Twenty20 © BCCI

India opener Shikhar Dhawan has been named captain of the IPL side Sunrisers Hyderabad for the upcoming Champions League Twenty20.

In the IPL this season, Sunrisers were initially led by Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara but he was later replaced by Australia's Cameron White. While Sangakkara has chosen to play for Sri Lankan outfit Kandurata Maroons in the Champions League, White remains in the Sunrisers squad for the tournament.

Dhawan, who has captained Delhi in the past, was eager to get cracking in the new role. "I have captained the Delhi team for a while now but this is a new challenge. It's an honour to lead a team like the Sunrisers because it has some big players, and I am really looking forward to it."

Tom Moody, the head coach of Sunrisers, believes Dhawan was the right appointment. "Having excelled in the Indian team over the recent past, Shikhar has dominated as a batsman and has been more than consistent," Moody said. "He is a complete package as a player and is considered a real team man. That's why we have decided to elevate him and make him our new captain."

Dhawan heads into the three-week long tournament on the back of a series of consistent performances including a Man-of-the-Series display in the Champions Trophy where he scored a tournament-leading 363 runs, and a record-breaking 248 for the A team against South Africa A in Pretoria.

"Shikhar is ready to take on this honour and has shown great leadership qualities in the past," Moody said. "His recent experiences on the international stage and now the captaincy role will only enhance his reputation as a top-grade cricketer."

Sunrisers will begin their CLT20 campaign with their first qualifying match on Tuesday, incidentally against Kandurata.

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Posted by   on (September 16, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

I guess White will sit out. JP Duminy is a better middle order player than anybody in the Sunrisers batting lineup. And Thisara and Sammy will be finishing touch to the innings. So Duminy, Thisara, Sammy and Steyn should be four foreign players. And maybe this is the reason selectors chose Dhawan as Captain.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

I would prefer sammy as captain and the choice between white and jp in the playing XI it should be steyn perera sammy jp or white with jp a bit more chance for his all round skills

Posted by Candid_Citizen on (September 16, 2013, 8:32 GMT)

siri12345 ..Really,wow tell me another good story..You mean to say that Thisara Perera is the nucleus of the franchisee and others have been built around him..which parallel planet are you on..I really appreciate the team management for not taking such decision

Posted by   on (September 16, 2013, 6:04 GMT)

When you have Sammy, you make Dhawan the captain?? Stupidity Mr. Moody...

Posted by class9ryan on (September 16, 2013, 2:40 GMT)

We know what Duminy can do on tracks like Mohali, if we go back to inaugural CLT20 where he scored a 99* in Bangalore to stun the RCB. This decision has primarily come through to accommodate him. He's a gun fielder and mighty useful with the ball. He's a complete package for T20 cricket, but question lies who sits out between Sammy and White ???

Posted by siri12345 on (September 16, 2013, 2:36 GMT)

i would say a really really poor choice from the team management.they could have easily given the captaincy to thisara perera to motivate him because i would say the sun risers team revolves around thisara largely depends upon thisara perera,s performance and others will act as a supporting role toperera.if perera performs team win ,if not team looses its that perera would have been the captain of the side with dhawan as his deputy.

Posted by sagoko on (September 15, 2013, 23:08 GMT)

white ,jp, steyn, sammy or perera shoud be the combination

Posted by Nampally on (September 15, 2013, 21:09 GMT)

Congrats. to Dhawan for a richly deserved honour of leading the Sun Risers. With Guys like Duminy, Steyn, White, Sammy, Parera still available, the Sun Risers have a good chance to qualify. Karan Sharma & A.Mishra were 2 great leg spinners who helped the SRH in IPL 6. Only sad part is that Hyderabad ground is no longer a venue for these qualifying round. It is still a tough team to beat. Good luck SRH.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (September 15, 2013, 20:20 GMT)

I agree with some of my fellow commentators here. Dhawan is pretty green to be captain of the SRH team in this competition. Sammy would have been a wise choice given his established credential and pedigree as winner of the World T20 with the WI team. Still, I am sure White and Sammy will offer Shikar with valuable advice from time to time. It's always a good thing to see an Indian player captain an IPL team given the majority of the team composition is still Indian.

Posted by fifer on (September 15, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

Cheers to the first indian captain of srh!

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (September 15, 2013, 17:08 GMT)

A lot of people backing JP but I don't think he cuts it in T20. Steyn is a certainty and Sammy Perrera bring alot to the side with ball and bat and for me White is much more dangerous batsman than JP in T20 so those 4 would be my first choice no question. If White under performs or someone gets injured only then should JP come into the 11.

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (September 15, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

Rise of Dhawan is over; the fall has begun.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (September 15, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

Steyn Sammy Perrera and White as overseas if WHite under performs then JP can come in.

Posted by Alexk400 on (September 15, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

Sammy should be captain. Sammy is good for any T20 team not so far TEST teams because his contribution in other avenues is less and less.

Posted by   on (September 15, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

Although I am a supporter of Indian captain for IPL teams, I feel Sammy would have been a better choice

Posted by AKS286 on (September 15, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

I'm the supporter of Deccan since IPL 1. My views on Dhawan are I think the expectations are more than his experience or he is overrated. Still he is a prospect and just started his career give him sometime to learn and burden free batting.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (September 15, 2013, 13:01 GMT)

Dhawan, Mishra, Steyn, Ishant, Duminy should be retain for next year IPL, if they dont team will become more weak

Posted by Darkmanx12155 on (September 15, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

Good Choice... Now that Clint MaKay is fit and ready to go, Sunrisers Hyderabad looks like the team to beat! Mishra, Steyn + MaKay... What a team...!

Posted by Crickeyboy07 on (September 15, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

My XI will be

Dhawan Parthiv Biplap J.P. Duminy Perera Sammy Ashish Reddy Amit mishra Karan sharma Ishant sharma Dale steyn

Cant bet on cameron white with his current form.. JP duminy will be a good choice...

Posted by   on (September 15, 2013, 8:48 GMT)

A Good move by SRH. Given that Dhawan and Steyn will be retained next year, they had to check if Dhawan can lead, else they will have to bid hard for a potential captain next January.

Posted by Lalindra2012 on (September 15, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

it was a matter of time he was given the mettle to handle.... this was talked about when the 2013 IPL was going on and when kholi and rohit sharma were elevated to captaincy roles...dhawan was in the sidelines and from a far distance knowing Indian cricket this was coming...unlike the predecessor in the previous IPL teams the earlier generation that captained during the Initial IPL's were senior and experienced but none of them had the quality as the present generation with the likes kholi,dhawan,sharma....not only are they consistently delivering to their respective teams while playing quality cricket better than some senior international and local Indian cricketers, they have stand out and their setting a new trend with a certain amount of flair,grace and style.

Posted by   on (September 15, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

It will add more pressure to Dhawan As a batman sanga didn't perform well for SRH. now that spot will be available for batsman. Now thay can go for someone like musfiqur Raheem as a wicketkeeper batsman and possibly a caption.

Posted by 504429641 on (September 15, 2013, 6:43 GMT)

There is some good and bad in this decision. Good thing is, with Indian captain , we are free to choose 4 overseas players. With an overseas captain, one slot is always booked by the captain whether he performs or not. Now the best 4 overseas players can be chosen. And now the bad thing: whether this effects his batting or not. Shikhar is the best Indian batsman in SRH. With no other (good) local Indian batsman, it is very important that his performance is not effected with this new responsibility though from support wise, there are Sammy and White.

Posted by   on (September 15, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

The idea is not bad. Dhawan is in form but what i dont understand is that how come people say that all in form batsmen have great captaincy skills. Rarely has that been said for a bowler. if the most inform or consistent player should be the captain, why has nobody thought about dale steyn captaining south africa and saeed ajmal captaining pakistan. Besides, Dhawan should play a few more seasons of international cricket before being declared captaincy material for any team.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (September 15, 2013, 6:06 GMT)

Dhawan, Parthiv, White, Duminy, Vihari, Perera, Ranjan, Karan, Mishra, Steyn, Ishant.

Posted by TATTUs on (September 15, 2013, 5:23 GMT)

Sunrisers are just looking to cash in on Dhawans form. We will have to wait and see if this affects his batting and that eventually hampers his performances for India. For India, he is a very important part as an opener for probably next 5 to six years. So what ever he does should be done with that in mind and not for sideshows like the IPL.

Posted by harithavsoman on (September 15, 2013, 4:44 GMT)

Hope that the pressure of captaincy doesn't affect his batting

Posted by srinathphysio on (September 15, 2013, 4:31 GMT)

its niced to see a indian player captaning to SRH after a long long time. good decision by management.dhawan stars. hyd rocks

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