New Delhi [India], December 1 (ANI): Former Indian batter Robin Uthappa is surprised by Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Capitals' move of not retaining opening batter Shikhar Dhawan.
Delhi Capitals on Tuesday retained Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Prithvi Shaw and Anrich Nortje ahead of next year's mega auction
Uthappa feels Shaw and Dhawan would have formed a good opening pair for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2022.
"About Shikhar, for sure. He has done so exceptionally well for them. It was a no-brainer. I thought Kagiso Rabada would be a no-brainer," said Uthappa on Star Sports show 'IPL Retention'.
"If they had both, Kagiso and Anrich Nortje, you essentially have your fast bowling set up and then you go for another couple of Indian fast bowlers and then you have your bowling line-up set up and that was a very dangerous bowling line-up, a match-winning bowling line-up.
"And even up there, we know how dangerous Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan can be, so the fact that they have let go of one from that pair is actually quite surprising," he added.
Delhi Capitals qualified for three successive playoffs in the last three seasons, reaching their first final in the 2020 edition. (ANI)