MS Dhoni sacked as Pune IPL captain, Steve Smith new skipper

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been sacked as the captain of the Rising Pune Supergiants for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League. The franchise has appointed Australia’s Steve Smith as the new skipper.

“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,” RPS owner Sanjeev Goenka said in a statement.

Dhoni has extended his full cooperation and is ready to help Smith in decision-making on the field. While Dhoni is expected to keep his place in the side, the wicketkeeper-batsman is likely to be promoted up the order.

“We have opted for Steve Smith as captain of RPS for the forthcoming IPL season,” Sanjeev Goenka told India Today.

“Despite having a good side the team did not get expected results last year. Last year we failed. We could have done much better,” he added.

Dhoni has also been communicated about the decision by the franchise.

“Mahi was cooperation personified when we conveyed the decision to him,” he said.

Pune, one of the two franchises to replace the suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, finished seventh in their debut season last year.

Under Dhoni, the team managed to win only five of their 14 matches in the IPL 9.

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