Viru Said ‘Happy’ With MS Dhoni’s Removal As Rising Pune Supergiants Captain

Indian former skipper MS Dhoni was removed as captain of IPL franchise RPS (Rising Pune Supergiants) on Sunday, a day before the IPL 2017 player auctions. Australia captain Steve Smith was named his replacement for the 10th season of cash-rich league. The former CSK captain had earlier stepped down from the captaincy of the Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin slammed the RPS management for removing Dhoni, former Indian dynamic batsman Virender Sehwag, in his inimitable style, said he was happy with the decision.

"I am happy that he isn't captain because maybe now my team, Kings 11 Punjab, can beat this Pune team," Virender Sehwag said.

"On a serious note, I believe that this is an a internal decision of the franchise but he is one of the best-ever captains India has ever had," Sehwag added.

The 35 years old batsman has been the captain of an IPL team in all past nine season. The wicket-keeper batsman first led CSK (Chennai Super Kings) from 2008 to 2015, and then took charge of RPS in 2016 after the Chennai franchise was suspended.

The Jharkhand batsman scored 284 runs in 14 games - his lowest in an IPL season - with just one half-century to his name. Dhoni had five not outs in the last season that helped bump his average to 40.57.

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