Others may be upset, but Virender Sehwag's 'happy' with MS Dhoni's sacking as Rising Pune Supergiant skipper
MS Dhoni. Pic/Atul Kamble
In a move that left everyone shocked, MS Dhoni was sacked as skipper of Rising Pune Supergiant on the eve of high-profile player auction for the T20 spectacle.
This was the the first time in his illustrious career that the 35-year-old was sacked as a captain. He was replaced by Steve Smith.
Former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin has slammed the Rising Pune Supergiant management for the manner in which double World Cup-winning captain was removed from captaincy of the IPL franchise. Pune finished seventh in their maiden appearance last year at the IPL, and Azharuddin felt it was not correct to put all the blame on Dhoni.
Former King’s XI Punjab team mentor and current Head of Cricket Operations and Brand Ambassador Virender Sehwag during the IPL Auction 2017 in Bengaluru on Monday. Pic/PTI
Virender Sehwag, who was MSD's former colleague, though bucked he trend and has expressed happiness that the Jharkhand glovesman is no longer the Pune captain. And you won't believe the reason for his happiness.
Viru's gyaan about this issue also is as witty as his usual Twitter posts.
Sehwag, who is IPL franchise KXIP's head of cricket operations, said, "I am happy that he isn't captain because maybe now my team, Kings XI Punjab, can beat this Pune team."
On a serious note, Sehwag said that it was a sad decision. "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,' Sehwag added while speaking at the 'SporTale', a sports-themed literary festival in Pune.
MS Dhoni and Virender Sehwag. File Pic/AFP
The move to sack Dhoni as RPS skipper came after he ended his innings as skipper in international cricket after he quit as Team India captain in the limited overs format.
Dhoni, who had stepped down as India's limited-overs captain to snap his international run as skipper earlier this year, will, however, continue to be a part of the Pune franchise as a player.
"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 had told PTI.
"I have the highest regard for MS Dhoni as a leader and a person. Dhoni continues to be an integral member of our team. He is supportive of the decision keeping the franchise's best interests in mind," Goenka added.
Rising Pune Supergiants captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni reacts as his teammate Irfan Pathan is run out during the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rising Pune Supergiants at the Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium in Kolkata during IPL 2016. Pic/AFP
The most expensive player of the tournament that began in 2008, Dhoni also has been among the most successful. Part of the now suspended Chennai Super Kings franchise from 2008 to 2015, Dhoni led the team to back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011. Besides, he also led Chennai to the Champions League T20 trophies in 2010 and 2014.