IPL 2017: In a heartbreaking news, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was sacked from captaincy by Rising Pune Supergiants on Sunday afternoon as the owner Sanjeev Goenka confirmed that Australian skipper Steven Smith will be replacing former Indian captain as the leader of the team. Taking this decision just two days before the IPL player auction is as ridiculous as it gets. Moreover, the reasons given by Mr Goenka are hard to digest.
He said that the team management wanted a fitter side but had Mr Goenka followed cricket he would have known that there is hardly any player fitter than MS Dhoni on this planet. He is quick between the wickets, keeps wicket for 50 overs and can still come out and score a century without any concerns over his fitness. He had recently given up the captaincy of the Indian team and has been played less cricket in last 12 months so Pune had a fresh Dhoni ready to dominate the league but the team played the wrong card.
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Mr Goenka also said that he wanted a younger captain but maybe he has failed to understand that T20 cricket has evolved from being youngsters’ game and that is the reason why Shane Warne and Adam Gilchrist won the IPL trophies with their sides even after retiring from international cricket.
Just two days back, Michael Klinger from Australia made his international debut at the age of 36 years while Brad Hogg is heading into the auction at the age of 46 years. So, more than anything else skills matter in this format of the game and no one on this tiny little planet has any doubts over MS Dhoni’s cricketing skills.
And, if you look at the Pune team, you’ll know that the team itself is in a poor condition and need a lot of repair work before the new season. Now, the players will also have to deal with a new leader and so will the management. The Dhoni-Fleming duo who achieve so many great things for Chennai Super Kings deserved more time to prove themselves, especially after the injury-marked 2016 season.