“It was daunting to be MSD’s Captain at Rising Pune Supergiants!” – says Australian batter Steve Smith.

"It was daunting to be MSD's Captain at Rising Pune Supergiants!" - says Australian batter Steve Smith

Captain Cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni is inarguably one of the best Captains that Indian as well as World cricket has ever seen. He has had a successful stint with whichever team he has captained and without a doubt, Dhoni is hands down the greatest Indian captain.

It was under MSD that India won 3-white ball tournaments. It all began with the inaugural ICC T20 World cup 2007 and 4-years later, he helped India break a 28-year long wait to win the 50-over World cup in 2011 at the Wankhede Stadium.

Then again in 2 years time, India won the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 by beating hosts England in the Final. In IPL, Dhoni is one of the most successful Captains with 4 IPL champions to his name with Chennai Super Kings. Before delivering CSK their 3rd IPL title, Dhoni played a whole season without being the Captain of the team.

After the South-Indian outfit was suspended for 2 years along with Rajasthan Royals for fixing charges, MS Dhoni was picked by Rising Pune Supergiants and the team management was heavily criticized after it decided to hand Steve Smith the Captaincy role.

The Aussie Batter fell short of a successful season after losing to Mumbai Indians in the final. This year after finding no suitors during the Mini Auction, Steve Smith is all set to be a part of the commentary team for IPL 16. In a recent interview, Smith opened up about his time with the Pune outfit and shed light on being the captain of a team which has someone like MS Dhoni.

“Of course, you know he’s been able to achieve so much over such a long period of time, he’s going to go down as one of the best leaders to play the game for sure. So, you know, when I got the call to say that they wanted me to captain, it was a little bit daunting.” – said Smith. 

“But that season, MSD was just wonderful. You know, he helped in any way that he could and, he’s a terrific guy. It was a great experience being able to captain him, but also very daunting as well.” – Smith added.