The left-handed opener has been entrusted with the responsibility after Sri Lankan veteran Kumar Sangakkara decided to play for his home side Kandurata Maroons in upcoming tournament.
"Meet the new #SRH Captain for #CLT20! Utho, Chalo, Let's #RiseUp!" read a post on Sunrisers Hyderabad team's Twitter handle today with Dhawan's picture below it.
Dhawan has been in phenomenal form ever since scoring a blistering 187 on his Test debut against Australia in Mohali.
Dhawan, who missed the first seven matches of th is year's Indian Premier League due to a hand injury sustained in the Mohali Test, was the leading run-getter for Sunrisers, scoring 311 runs in 10 matches at 38.87.