Steve Smith fresh off the tense Test series against India which the hosts won by 2-1 after winning the final Test in Dharamsala, was spotted at the launch of Rising Pune Supergiant's new jersey. Smith was asked few questions by the reporters at the event and he replied them in a candid fashion, while making it clear that he wishes to lead the Pune franchise in his own way, despite the presence of former skipper MS Dhoni, Protean skipper Faf Du Plessis and Ajinkya Rahane who led India at Dharamsala. However Smith added, he will be open to suggestions.
"I have plenty of guys to talk to, but I will not seek too many opinions. Seeking too many opinions can cloud your own judgement. I want to try and stay as clear as possible. But yes, if someone sees something and feels the need to point it out to me, they are more than welcome," he said.
"It is great to have so many leaders in the team from around the world and i believe it will make my job easier. There should be no hindrance," he added
Smith also clarified that everything is fine between him and Dhoni, and they have been in touch regularly, "We have shared a few messages and MS has been very supportive and there are no issues there. I don't think our professional relation will have any effect post the change of captaincy."
Smith was also asked if he remains a friend of Kohli after his tweets on Thursday morning where he said he is no longer friends with only few Australian players and not all of them, to which the top ranked Test batsman in the world replied, "That is for Virat Kohli to decide if I am one of them. India outplayed us 2-1 in the Test series and I have moved on. Now I am excited to take over the reins of Rising Pune Supergiant."
He was also asked to compare the captaincy styles of Kohli and Rahane having seen them so closely since February, "They are very different people and I have already spoken about it. Ajinkya Rahane is very calm and cool while Virat Kohli likes to show emotions and is aggressive by nature. That is all I will give you."
Smith moved on to talk about IPL and how it helps him, "Great to be back and lead Pune. It is a privilege to lead these set of boys. I am really excited and it is a good squad so hopefully we will do well this year,"
"IPL has been very beneficial not just to me, but also to a lot of young international stars. The honour of sharing the dressing room with the experienced international stars and also to learn about the game from them. It gets me really excited," he concluded.