Former Team India batsman Mohammad Kaif wants opener Shikhar Dhawan, to lead the Hyderabad based franchise in the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League. David Warner, who has stepped down as the Sunrisers Hyderabad captain, has been banned for 12 months by Cricket Australia and from the IPL as well. After being regarded as the 'mastermind' behind the scandalous controversy in the Test series against South Africa, the explosive batsman will not be present in the IPL anytime soon.
Kaif took to Twitter to state that he personally wants Team India's 'Gabbar' to take charge of the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Despite the franchise consisting of national captains such as Kane Williamson (New Zealand) and Shakib-Al-Hasan (Bangladesh), Kaif wants the opener to take responsibility. Kaif's post reads as,'Think Shikhar Dhawan should lead SunRisers Hyderabad.He has been around for some time & needs to take this responsibility.Will also make it all Indian Captains for the first time.Think will depend on whether Warner will participate as a player. If not, they may go for Williamson.'
Think Shikhar Dhawan should lead SunRisers Hyderabad .He has been around for sometime & needs to take this responsibility.Will also make it all Indian Captains for the first time.Think will depend on whether Warner will participate as a player. If not, they may go for Williamson.— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) March 28, 2018
Kaif also has a second opinion and that is the New Zealand skipper Williamson. The Kiwis swashbuckler has led his team to a series of victories in all formats of the sport.
Steve Smith has also stepped down as the Rajasthan Royals skipper and has been banned from playing in the IPL this season. The 'disgraced' former Australian skipper has been banned for a year.
Warner, Smith and Cameron Bancroft have been banned by the Cricket Australia after pleading guilty to ball-tampering during the ongoing Test series against South Africa. The players have been called back home and Tim Paine will lead the visitors for the remainder of the four-match series which the Proteas lead 2-1.