MS Dhoni axed, Pune Supergiants name Steve Smith as new captain 

February 19, 2017, 2:33 pm
MS Dhoni axed, Pune Supergiants name Steve Smith as new captain 
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MS Dhoni axed, Pune Supergiants name Steve Smith as new captain 

MS Dhoni axed, Pune Supergiants name Steve Smith as new captain 

Unhappy over his performance as captain, Rising Pune Supergiants has reportedly removed MS Dhoni as captain. The management is expected to name Australian Steve Smith as the team captain in the coming season of IPL.

The decision of the team management has come a day before the auction for players for this season to take place at Bengaluru.

ANI revealed that the team management wasn't happy with MS Dhoni's captaincy and hence chose to name Steve Smith as the skipper.

Sources confirm that Dhoni has also been communicated about the decision by the franchise and he has extended his full co-operation to the team as well as their decision to replace him with the Australian national team skipper.

Under Dhoni, RPS only managed to win only five of their 14 matches in the IPL 9 and the management wasn't too keen on giving Dhoni another season as the team's skipper.

On a personal level, Dhoni only scored 284 runs from 12 innings with only one fifty to his credit.

The Pune franchise,however, are yet to give a confirmation on the news but several media reports have suggest that Mahi will no longer be in charge of the team for the 10th edition of Indian Premier League.

Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings for nine editions starting from the IPL's inaugural season in 2008. He had only handed the captaincy of all three formats of India to Virat Kohli recently.