Happy to see MS Dhoni being removed as Rising Pune Supergiants Skipper: Virender Sehwag

February 23, 2017, 5:10 pm
Happy to see MS Dhoni being removed as Rising Pune Supergiants Skipper: Virender Sehwag
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Happy to see MS Dhoni being removed as Rising Pune Supergiants Skipper: Virender Sehwag

Happy to see MS Dhoni being removed as Rising Pune Supergiants Skipper: Virender Sehwag

Former Indian cricket team right-handed opening batsman Virender Sehwag is famous for his witty instant responses on micro-blogging website Twitter.

The Kings XI Punjab mentor this time prove that no one from his profession can beat him in this.

It was his remarks after MS Dhoni was removed as captain of Indian Premier League franchise Rising Pune Supergiants on Sunday that went viral on social media.

While former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin slammed the Rising Pune Supergiants management for removing Dhoni, Virender Sehwag said that he is happy with the decision.

"I am happy that he isn't captain because maybe now my team, Kings XI Punjab, can beat this Pune team," said Sehwag.

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
Virender Sehwag

MS Dhoni was removed on Sunday, a day before the IPL 2017 player auctions and Australia skipper Steve Smith was named his replacement.

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 Supergiants owner Sanjiv Goenka

Earlier he had stepped down as the captain of the Indian ODI and T20 team.

The wicketkeeper-batsman has been captain in all eight editions of the Indian Premier League. He led Chennai Super Kings to two IPL titles in 2010 and 2011 while also leading the team to Champions League glory twice. He took charge of Pune Supergiants in 2016 after the Chennai franchise was suspended.

Supergiants had a torrid IPL 9, finishing seventh in their debut season. The team managed to win just five of their 14 matches last year with Dhoni himself failing to make a big impact with the bat.

The former India skipper scored 284 runs in 14 matches -- his lowest in an IPL season -- with just one half-century to his name. He had five not outs in the tournament last year that helped bump his average to 40.57.

Overall, Dhoni has played in 143 IPL matches, scoring 3271 runs at an average of 39.40 and a strike rate of 138.95.