Dhoni is sacked as captain from Rising super Kings. Australian Skipper Steven smith is appointed as captain by the management. Pune management said that the decision is taken keeping in view of their last year performance. Dhoni is continuing only as a player after giving up Indian team’s captaincy. This will be the first Season Dhoni will be playing as player only. Team Management has said that Dhoni has respected the management decision. Dhoni cannot be solely blamed for Pune’s performance. Main players like KP, Du plesis and Steve smith are ruled intermittently due to injuries. Pune finished in 7th place. Pune won 5 only in fourteen games they have played.
Yesteryear , Raising pune played their debut season along with Gujrat Lions. Both Gujrat Lions and Rising Pune Super Giants came in to the scene after Chennai and Rajasthan were banned for two years. Players from both CSK and RR are shuffled into the new teams. Both the banned teams are certain to come back in 2018 edition. So Dhoni coming back to CSK and taking reigns is mere formality. CSK won two titles under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. CSK won champions league under his captaincy. CSK reached playoffs on eight occasions under his captaincy. But Pune has portrayed him as failure captain with just one bad season. This decision might dent Pune image in public. Pune and Gujrat’s participation after 2018 IPL is still uncertain. Hope we see Dhoni playing witout any pressure in this year’s season
IPL Auction for 2017 season is going to be held on 20th of February. Kevin Pietrson moved out of IPL 10 by himself due to hectic last year schedule. He played few important knocks in BBL which was held this December. He is currently part of PSL. Ben stokes has been purchased for an whopping 14.5 cr which is second highest in IPL history.