Sammy becomes new captain of SRH in place of Dhawan

PTI| Last Updated: May 18, 2014, 20:23 PM IST

Hyderabad: Relieving Shikhar Dhawan of the burden of captaincy, Sunrisers Hyderabad today appointed West Indies all rounder as the new captain of the side for the rest of the IPL season, hoping that the move will help the Indian bat more freely.

Sammy, who was recently removed as West Indies` Test captain, was included in the side and straight away thrusted into the captaincy role.

"We are hoping for a lot from Shikhar the batsman," VVS Laxman, mentor of the SRH side, said.

Left-handed opener Dhawan has managed only 215 runs in his first 10 outings as captain. He has failed to hit a single half-century, managing a 45 as his best score.

With play-off berths are at the stake at the business end of the tournament, Hyderabad are not in a healthy position as they are struggling at sixth position.

Top four teams will qualify for the play-offs.