MS Dhoni was Removed as Captain of Rising Pune Supergiants Team and The 35-year-old Australia captain and world no. 1 Test batsman Steve Smith is the New Captain of Rising Pune Supergiants Team. Speaking to Press Rising Pune Supergiants Team owner Sanjiv Goenka said that Smith would be leading the team in the upcoming IPL 2017 edition. “Steve Smith will lead the side this season. Frankly speaking, we did not have a good last season and we wanted someone young to lead the side and revamp it ahead of the upcoming season 10,” he said.
“I have the highest regard for MS Dhoni as a leader and a person. Dhoni continues to be an integral member of our team. He is supportive of the decision keeping the franchise’s best interest in mind.”
Steve Smith, who is a highly experienced international captain, will take the mantle from the wicket-keeper in the upcoming season.Sources says that Dhoni has been informed of the decision by the franchise. The former India skipper has reportedly said that he will give his full co-operation to Smith in the 2017 IPL.
The decision comes a day before the IPL 2017 player auctions to be held in Bengaluru. The wicketkeeper-batsman has been the skipper of an IPL team since 2008. He first led Chennai Super Kings from 2008 to 2015, and then took charge of Pune Supergiants in 2016 after the Chennai franchise was suspended.Dhoni has played in 143 IPL matches scoring 3271 runs. Dhoni is one of only three captains to win the IPL twice with Gautam Gambhir (Kolkata Knight Riders) and Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians) being the other two.
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