Rising Pune Supergiants recently asked MS Dhoni to step down from the captain’s post. The team couldn’t perform well in the last edition of the IPL. According to the owner of the team, Rising Pune Supergiants need a young player to lead the team and due to this reason, they replaced MS Dhoni with Australia’s Test skipper, Steve Smith.
However, Dhoni’s fans condemned this decision and vented their anger on Twitter. Team India’s former captain, Mohammad Azharuddin, reacted to this news in the same way. Azharuddin slammed this decision take by ‘Rising Pune Supergiants’ owner and called it “third-rate and disgraceful”.
While talking to the source, Azharuddin said,
The decision and manner of execution was third-rate and disgraceful. Dhoni has been a jewel in Indian cricket, he has won almost everything in the 8-9 years of his captaincy and even though the franchise can say they run the team with their own money, shouldn’t they have seen Dhoni’s stature and credibility before first stripping him of captaincy and then not even letting Dhoni the grace? I feel angry and sad as a former cricketer.
Azharuddin praised Dhoni for all he did for Team India and called it lame to put all the blame on Dhoni.
What will a captain do when the team doesn’t play well? If Dhoni wasn’t good and an inspirational captain would he have won two IPL titles (leading Chennai Superkings)? Belittling Indian sporting legends like Dhoni through corporate board rooms is stooping down to the lowest.
While expressing his disapproval with the decision, Azharuddin said he was more hurt at the manner the decision was announced than the decision itself.
If they had wanted to change the captaincy they should have gone to Dhoni and given him the grace to quit on his own and tell the world it was his own decision.That would have given him an honourable exit but when you keep thinking like a businessman, you actually don’t think about the sportsman. I feel the BCCI should not let this go and should deal with it.