The fortunes of a team really depend on how its players are performing and when you have a team that is laden with players who are injured then things do go kaput. And that was the case more or less with Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in their maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign of 2016. They weren't the only newcomers as Gujarat Lions (GL) were also playing it's maiden tournament, but they made all the noise that the Supergiants failed to make. With MS Dhoni at the helm of things for RPS, things were expected to be different. But change being the only constant, the grand T20 tournament is no different. For the tables to turn, certain changes will have to be made and changes have been made.
This time, Dhoni wouldn't be at the helm of things and would be the wicketkeeper-batsman in this second outing for RPS. So who will be calling the shots this time? It will be Australia’s Steven Smith. And the Supergiants are now Supergiant.
In Cricket, a team often relies on the leader for morale. The captain plays a very important role in picking up the playing XI, along with planning strategies and contingencies when the previously decided strategies fail to deliver results. Dhoni has proven himself to be an effective leader in the past, but his Midas touch failed to work any magic for the Supergiant in the last season. At the same time, putting the blame on the famed Indian skipper would be unjust.
In such circumstances, Smith will be taking a huge burden of calling the shots for a team that is especially striving to make a mark. As a captain, he will be expected to be proactive and use the players in a manner that only makes the arsenal much more robust. At the same time, he will be expected to unearth the gems from the domestic players in the team. This will add more value as it brings a sense of unpredictability for the competing teams. And, all of this will be not an easy job for Smith; the good part being he will have a very experienced Dhoni to help him out with all of the above.
How will Smith fare in this tournament? This is a question that will finally decide the fortunes of the Supergiants and one that will only be answered when the tournament begins. Until then, you can see ticketing and other information for the t20 sport event on our website.
Written By: Ankkit Singh | Post Date: 31 March 2017