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IPL 2017: Is not being captain limiting MS Dhoni's performances for RPS

MS Dhoni has scored 61 runs in the season so far

By Anshuman Roy -

Steve Smith replaced MS Dhoni as the RPS skipper before the start of the season (Pic courtesy Getty Images)

Over the years, whenever we spoke about MS Dhoni the first thing that comes to the mind of players and fans alike is his leadership. A born leader, he has won every single major tournament any cricketer can win.

Coming down to IPL, he is the most successful captain in its history and his records speak for itself. Two IPL trophies and champions’ league trophies with Chennai Super Kings he has brought this team in the map of IPL.

His association with CSK has been nothing short of history and in the process he has groomed players like Murali Vijay, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja who has proved to be match winners for India down the years.

It was really sad to see the franchise being banned for two years with the captain not being at fault. The ban of Chennai Super Kings meant that it gave birth to a new franchise named Rising Pune Supergiants and MS Dhonni was  once again asked to lead the side. The team had some big names from international cricket like Steve Smith, Kevin Pietersen, Faf du Plessis, Ajinkya Rahane and MS Dhoni himself in its debut season but still it failed miserably. MS Dhoni as a captain failed to inspire the team as lack of good bowlers in the team both domestic and international affected the team’s performance.

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In their very last match against Kings XI Punjab last season, a special knock from MS Dhoni  helped the team to finish seventh on the points table as the team had a forgetful season. Everyone waited in anticipation of Pune’s second season with MS Dhoni back to lead the side. In a interview before the tournament, MS Dhoni also spoke about his desire to lead the team and believed that he can turn aound the season for the team from Pune.

Everything was going well only till, Pune franchise owner Sanjeev Goenka decided to replace MS Dhoni with Steve Smith to lead the side, thinking that , this might just light the burden for Dhoni’s shoulders.

Pune in their second season has won just two matches out of five and there has been a certain degree of drop in the performance of MS Dhoni. After winning the first match in style against Mumbai Indians, Pune lost their way big time before finding some momentum in their last win against RoyalChallengers Bangalore as MS Dhoni planted a monster hit at the roof of the Chinnaswamy stadium.

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MS Dhoni’s anger and frustration was clearly visible on his face as he decimated the Bangalore bowlers  in his 28 run knock.  That was a glimmer of hope that MS Dhoni is just hitting form at the right time for his franchise.

A player like MS Dhoni who has played the game differently than others both as a player and a skipper seems to rue the fact that he is not the captain of the team any more. This is certainly affecting his performance as in the five matches so  far in this season has just scored 61 runs at an average of12.

For some players, responsibilities bring the best out of the players, and certainly with MS Dhoni it has been seen that he likes taking responsibilities.  One expects MSD to be back in form if he is given back the captaincy and certainly Pune too will find life in the tournament.


Anshuman Roy

Someone for whom Cricket is more than just a game.