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Shikhar Dhawan (IANS Photo)

First it was Mumbai Indians (MI), then Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). Now, a third IPL franchise has entered the fray to secure the services of opener Shikhar Dhawan as he looks to leave his current team Sunrisers Hyderabad.

According to Mumbai Mirror, KXIP came close to signing the left-hander on Friday and had also kept the BCCI in the loop. However, the deal fell through and Dhawan might even end up staying with SRH.

Reportedly, Delhi Daredevils are keen on signing Dhawan as they are ready to offer him a lucrative deal. KXIP had offered a crore more than what SRH paid for Dhawan at the auction (Rs 5.2 crore) apart from trading Karun Nair in his place. But DD’s offer has further complicated the issue.

“We’ve not traded Shikhar. We may even keep him, we will see,” an SRH official was quoted as saying by Mirror.

In IPL 2018, Dhawan scored 497 runs in 16 matches with four half-centuries. Overall, Dhawan has scored 4508 runs in143 matches with 32 fifties at a strike-rate of 123.53.

Dhawan played for Daredevils in the inaugural season in 2008, hitting four half-centuries before being bought by Mumbai Indians in 2009.

Meanwhile, KXIP have roped in Mike Hesson as their new coach replacing Brad Hodge. Hesson stepped down as New Zealand coach earlier this year after six years in charge to spend more time with his family.