Ajinkya Rahane is certain Steve Smith, the Australian captain and the franchise skipper, will seek MS Dhoni’s advice during the 2017 Indian Premier League.
Speaking in a promotional event, Rahane said, “A person like MS Dhoni teaches a lot even with his presence. He doesn’t speak much, but when he does, he leaves you inspired.”
Ajinkya Rahane added that it was necessary to give Steve Smith the space as he was the Rising Pune Supergiants captain and said that MS Dhoni’s presence served as an inspiration not just for Indian players but also for overseas players in the Indian Premier League.
Stepping out of Virat Kohli’s shadow
During the fourth Test against Australia in Dharamsala, India suffered a big blow when Virat Kohli was ruled out due to a shoulder injury.
Ajinkya Rahane stepped up and led magnificently as India defeated Australia by eight wickets to clinch the four-Test series 2-1.
Rahane, who joined a select group of Indian captains who had secured a Test victory on debut, said a phone call from Sachin Tendulkar made the difference.
“Before the match, I got a call from Sachin. He also asked me to follow my instincts. It inspired me. As a captain, I knew I am a different person. On the ground, I knew I had seniors with me, but at the end, I had to take calls. Throughout the match, I wanted to follow my style,” Rahane said.
Rising Pune Supergiants have a problem of plenty when it comes to captaincy. The team consists of Rahane, Smith, Dhoni and Faf du Plessis, all who have captained the country at the highest levels.
When Dhoni was not appointed the captain of the Rising Pune Supergiants team, there was criticism from some quarters. However, the team owner Sanjiv Goenka said the team was targeting a better showing after a poor show in the 2016 edition of the tournament and Smith was appointed to revamp the side.
In the previous year, Rising Pune Supergiants managed to avoid the wooden spoon to Kings XI Punjab.