In the complete turn of these events, the newly-appointed Rising Pune Supergiant captain Steven Smith has backed Dhoni despite his dismal form.
Team Pune is scheduled to play against the Gujarat Lions (GL) in Rajkot on April 15 at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium. It will be the 13th match of the ongoing IPL 2017.
Backing Dhoni on the eve of the game, Smith was quoted according to PTI as saying, "I am not bothered about his [Dhoni's] form. He is a class player, and we have just played three games, so he will be fine (with the bat) in the tournament."
Talking about their previous game against the Delhi Daredevils which they lost by a staggering 97 runs, Smith said, "It was a disappointing game for me and my team as I was not well while the team lost the game. Sometimes you get sick but now I have recovered and should be fine tomorrow."
Luckily for the Gujrat Loins, Ravindra Jadeja will be playing in their April 15 match, who was out due to an exhilarating home session.
When asked about Jadeja's comeback, Smith said, "He [Jadeja] is a quality player, he has been good in IPL and his inclusion would strengthen Gujarat Lions' batting and bowling."
Despite having lost two games out of 3, Smith is still optimistic about his side making it to the top-four.
"It's a long tournament and we have played only three games and have to play eleven more games. We hope to get the winning momentum quickly", he said.
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