Rising Pune Supergiants captain Steve Smith is leading the team in IPL 2017 season tenth, but the presence of MS Dhoni is simply too overpowering.
Although Smith has scored a half-century and win by seven wickets on his debut captaincy in the IPL of their opening match against Mumbai Indians at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Thursday night. But MS Dhoni remains RPS boss.
On the eve, former Indian skipper Dhoni was seen setting the field position and Smith chatting with his bowler.
Ajinkya Rahane, who has scored 60 to set the RPS chasing Mumbai Indians of target 184, noted that Smith took a lot of advice from Dhoni.
The 28-year-old RPS Rahane said in a post-match conference that “Though Steve Smith has led the Australian side very well, for me, MS Dhoni is still the best leader. This was the first game as a leader for Smith, but he was learning from Dhoni as well.”
“Smith was seen taking more tips from him. Dhoni was seen giving tips and inputs to Smith in the middle.”
Rahane has compared both Dhoni and Smith leader skills, he said: “It is very difficult as I have just played one game under Smith, I have played a lot more under Mahi bhai’s captaincy and we all know he is a world-class leader.”
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“I think people should not compare Smith and Dhoni’s captaincy. He (Dhoni) is still a world-class player.”
Rahane feels that their bowlers did an excellent job to keep Mumbai Indians as tough in 20 overs, especially after the start by Mumbai Indians openers Jos Butter and Parthiv Patel.
When Imran Tahir took quick three wickets it was the key for RPS said Rahane. “He is superb. We all know he is a world-class bowler especially in this format he has improved a lot. Those three wickets were crucial for us.”
He added, “He was ready to bowl an attacking line despite the batsman having a go at him. We could see how confident he was about his bowling and implementing his plans.”
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Taking the decision to bowl both leg-spinners Adam Zampa and Tahir was a shock combination, he said “Both are attacking bowlers and always look to take wickets. Adam Zampa did well for us last time while Imran Tahir is a world-class bowler.”
“So, it is a good thing for the side to have both of them as we know that are away going to go for wickets,” said Rahane.