Rising Pune Supergiants have removed MS Dhoni as the captain and replaced him with Steve Smith for this year’s Indian Premier League.
The move comes just a day before the big IPL Auction and 2 months after MS Dhoni stepped down as India’s ODI and T20 captain.
While there was a big debate over whether Dhoni was axed or he stepped down, the owner of the Pune franchise cleared the air.
Sanjiv Goenka, owner of the Pune franchise, said in a statement,
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.
I have the highest regard for MS Dhoni as a leader and a person. Dhoni will continue to be an important part of our team. He is supportive of the decision keeping the franchisee's best interests in mind.
The Supergiants had a horrible season of IPL last year, in which they won 5 and lost 9 games under Dhoni’s captaincy.
However, this comes as a shock to Dhoni fans as he led the suspended Chennai Super Kings to numerous victories, including 2 IPL wins, 2 Champions League T20 wins and 4 runner-up spots in the IPL.
The 10th edition of the IPL begins on April 5, 2017, with the IPL Auction taking place on February 20, 2017.
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