While several former Indian cricketers are criticizing IPL franchise Rising Pune Supergiant for removing MS Dhoni as it’s captain and appointing Steve Smith inplace, Indian dashing opener Virender Sehwag is happy with MS Dhoni loosing his captaincy.
Yes. Virender Sehwag, who was present at the SporTale India’s first sports-themed literary festival said, “I am happy that he (Dhoni) isn’t captain because maybe now my team, Kings XI Punjab, can beat this Pune team.”
“On a serious note, I believe that this is an internal decision of the franchise but he is one of the best ever captains India has ever had,” added Sehwag.
Don’t get angry over Sehwag. That’s the reason why he said so. Sehwag, who retired from all cricket formats has decided to continue his association with IPL team Kings XI Punjab as their mentor. So, he thinks this is the best time for their team to defeat RPS.
RPS team owner Sanjiv Goenka explained the reason for replacing MS Dhoni as captain with Steve Smith, “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.”
RPS, who debuted in the ast year IPL, had a horrible year as they finished seventh in the IPL table and it was Dhoni’s worst performance as a captain in nine years of IPL.
Under MS Dhoni leadership, Chennai won IPL title 2 years (2010 & 2011) and Champions leauge title twice (2011 & 2014).
Dhoni, who played 143 IPL matches, scored 3271 runs at an average of 39.40 with a strike rate of 138.95.