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IPL 10: Rising Pune Supergiant calls itself Team MS Dhoni ahead of the IPL final

They opted to call themselves 'Team MS Dhoni' in their Instagram post.

MS Dhoni of Rising Pune Supergiant
MS Dhoni of Rising Pune Supergiant in action. (Photo: IANS)

The Rising Pune Supergiant have proved to be the dark horses of the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. At the commencement of the 2017 edition, very few had given them a sniff at the playoffs. The kind of form they had shown in their debut season under the leadership of MS Dhoni made the fans feel that they were not good enough against the big guns of the season.

However, they have stunned the fans and surprised them with some superlative efforts. Now, they are all set to embark on their path to ultimate glory. They became the first side to make it to the finals of the IPL 10. They will be up against the Mumbai Indians in the big clash at Hyderabad. Skipper Steve Smith has been leading from the front and the team owners seem to be very delighted with the efforts.

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Needless to say, they are on cloud nine considering that their bold move to remove MS Dhoni as the skipper of the franchise has reaped rich dividends. At the same time, the appointment of Steve Smith as the captain of the team has been appearing to be the masterstroke by the team management. Amidst all this, one would expect the team camp to be going gaga over Smith’s captaincy.

Much to the surprise though, the social media accounts of the Rising Pune Supergiant is using the name of their former skipper for the promotions ahead of the big finals. They opted to call themselves ‘Team MS Dhoni’ in their Instagram post. They wrote, “Forgot what team you support? It’s called M.S.Dhoni!? #Helicopter @mahi7781 #RangWahiJungNayi.”

Going back in timeline

Earlier this season, MS Dhoni had been under the scanner of the owners. Harsh Goenka, the brother of owner Sanjiv Goenka, had used some harsh indirect criticism for Dhoni. Also, the owner, Sanjiv Goenka had backed his decision to appoint Smith as the captain in a conversation with Cricketnext.

“To me, the media can say whatever they want, the social media can also say whatever. I respect everything, I respect all the views and each one is entitled to their own views. But, I do not think it is a matter of public debate as to what went behind the decision (of handing the captaincy to Smith). Sometimes the decisions are not necessarily the most popular, but that is the way it is,” he had quoted.

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