After Rising Pune Supergiants had a disappointing first campaign under MS Dhoni last year, right before the beginning of IPL 10, Dhoni was sacked as RPS skipper and the Australian skipper, Steve Smith was appointed to lead the team which finished seventh in the previous edition of the tournament.
Harsh Goenka, Rising Pune Supergiant owner Sanjeev Goenka’s brother and businessman, is facing severe criticism following his tweet on MS Dhoni after the Pune defeated Mumbai Indians by seven wickets to begin their IPL 10 campaign with a win.
Smith led his team to victory from the front with an unbeaten 84-run knock. But Goenka’s tweet was more concerned on trolling Dhoni than praising Smith. Goenka tweeted:“#RPSvMI Smith proves who’s the king of the jungle. Overshadows Dhoni totally. Captains innings. Great move to appoint him as captain.”
After the tweet, Dhoni fans all over the world took to twitter, slamming Goenka for his inappropriate comments.
When the fans started slamming Goenka for his comments, he deleted all the tweets after some time.
But it didn’t end here, two days after claiming that Steve Smith had “overshadowed” MS Dhoni, he has taken another dig at Dhoni, this time comparing the strike rates of his team’s players and Twitterati once again were triggered.
Recently, Goenka tweeted: “#RPS batting statistics until now – Manoj Tiwari, Rahane, Christian have the best strike rates.”
The list showed MS Dhoni in 5th spot with a strike rate of 73.91 and though Harsh Goenka didn’t name MS Dhoni this time, Twitteratti could read between the lines and slammed Goenka for his tweet.
If u cant acknowledge d value of a legend like mahi, u dont deserve him. The whole country is with mahi. Nxt year he will be bck like a boss
— Roshan Agarwal (@roshaaann) April 8, 2017
It was a clear attack on the former India captain for his below-par performances in the first two matches. But, Harsh was again trolled for his Twitter comment.
— Dhoni My Hero (@MSDIAN7) April 8, 2017
It has just been two matches into the tournament for RPS and Goenka has invited trouble for himself twice. It remains to be seen how this story develops in the remainder of the tournament.