Pune: Rising Pune Supergiant captain Steve Smith said that he is not too concerned about wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra singh Dhoni’s lack of form, ahead of his side’s clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad, on Saturday.
RPS find themselves at the bottom of the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) table, after a series of poor results saw them lost three consecutive games against Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Daredevils, and Gujarat Lions.
However, Smith’s side have picked themselves up in their last match against Royal challengers Bangalore, which they won by 27 runs.
Former India skipper MS Dhoni has been in poor form so far this IPL season, scoring just 61 runs from his five innings, with an average of 15.25. However, Smith himself is not too concerned about Dhoni’s showing in IPL 10.
“He has been hitting the ball quite well in the end. He is a class player. As they say, ‘form is temporary, class is permanent’,” said Smith, while addressing the media.
“He was playing well in Bangalore and he also hit a monstrous hit. He was looking like he was finding his groove. Hopefully, we will see a big knock from him in the coming games,” he said.
When one of the journalists further enquired whether Smith is planning on promoting Dhoni up the order, in order to get the best out of him, Smith said, “Do you want him to open the innings?
“We will see how it goes. I am not worried about MS. I think he is going to do fine,” Smith concluded....