MS Dhoni, the star of Indian cricket, will not captain the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Rising Pune Super Giants in the 10th season of the tournament scheduled to start on April 5, 2017.
Surprising it may sound, but the decision to quit captaincy has not been taken by Captain Cool. Rather, the removal decision, taken by the team management, comes in the wake of the dismal performance by Pune Super Giants in the last season. Steve Smith will now lead Rising Pune Super Giants in IPL 10.
Pune Super Giants featured for the 1st time in IPL last year after Chennai Super Kings were suspended. A lot was expected from the team as the ‘Cool as a Cucumber’ Dhoni was the captain. The team however managed to win only 5 out of their 14 matches and was perched at No. 7 at the end of IPL 9.
“Dhoni has not stepped down. We have appointed Steve Smith as the skipper for the upcoming 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, Rising Pune Super Giants owner Sanjiv Goenka said in a media release.
Dhoni too did not have a successful IPL tournament last year. He managed to score merely 284 runs in 14 matches. The only saving grace was that he remained not out on 5 occasions.
Popularly known as MSD, Dhoni has been one of the most successful captains across all formats. He has hung up his boots so far as captaincy of Indian team is concerned.
The latest decision might mark the end of the captaincy road for MSD in IPL also. Dhoni had earlier led CSK to IPL title wins for two consecutive years; 2010 and 2011.