After stepping down as the captain of Indian National Team in every format, MS Dhoni now has been replaced by Steve Smith as the IPL team, Rising Pune Supergiants’ captain.
The Pune team won only five games and lost nine in their debut IPL season in 2016. Under the captaincy of 35 year-old MS Dhoni, the season was miserable for the Rising Pune Supergiants, they finished second last, last year. Dhoni scored 284 runs in 12 innings at a strike rate of 135 while 27 year-old Smith, who captains Australia in all formats, hit 270 in seven at a 153-strike rate.
Rising Pune Supergiants is owned by the Sanjay Goenka group. The owner praised MS Dhoni for his selfless nature, but, said that there was a need to replace the team’s captain.
This is what Sanjay Goenka said about replacing MS Dhoni with Steve Smith:
Yes we have opted for Steve Smith as captain of RPS for the forthcoming IPL season. I have been thinking about this decision since the end of the last season and discussing it with my management team. And our thought is to have a younger captain at the helm of the team this year. We have a very good mix of youth and experience in the team and feel we need a young mind and a young captain with different ideas to spearhead Rising Pune Supergiants. We could have done much better. I have one more year as a franchisee owner and I want to give it my best. I have the luxury of two current international captains in my team. I feel Steve can make a difference. He will get all the support he needs to lead Rising Pune Supergiants. Steve is keen to make a difference and has already discussed things with Stephen Fleming our coach. He has fresh ideas and is a great player. I am confident we will do much better with a new captain at the helm.
The owner might have done this to improve the team’s performance but Dhoni fans aren’t happy with this decision. Twitter erupted with the angry tweets of Dhoni’s fans. They even said that this decision will surely make the team lose its fan following.
Take a look at some of the Twitter reactions:
I bet @RPSupergiants will lost their 80% fans because of this decision making steve Smith skipper replacing MS Dhoni
— Debjit Sinha (@DebjitSpeaks) February 19, 2017
Steve Smith replaces MS Dhoni as the captain of Rising Pune Supergiants. pic.twitter.com/1LlaMin6X3
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) February 19, 2017
As If Losing Matches Was Not Enough For Pune, They Want To Lose All The Fans Too. (MS Dhoni)
Pathetic Decision By Rising Pune Supergiants. pic.twitter.com/WQvgU3ypGT
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) February 19, 2017
— Avinash Raina (@AviRaina) February 19, 2017
Did Dhoni Resign Or Has Been Removed From Captaincy Of Pune Seems Like The Plot Of “Ms Dhoni: The Untold Story 2” Is Ready #IPLauction
— Virender Sehwag (@VirenderSehweg) February 19, 2017
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