RPS kicked off this season’s IPL with their own exultant way by thrashing Mumbai Indians (MI). Following this triumph, they got a bit off track with their own strategical game points and hence being clobbered badly in their 3 consecutive games which led an immensely huge criticism in Smith’s account as he replaced MS Dhoni as a skipper of RPS. The owner of RPS, Sanjiv Goenka himself appeared to be much confident with their skipper switching decision. Post the RPS VS MI match, the brother of the owner Harsh Goenka exclusively tweeted applauding their precision of swapping the role of captaincy which added fuel to the fire as the crowd have gone inflamed. That tweet had later been removed by officials.
Keeping all those grapevines aside skipper Smith divulged the healthy relationship he shares with MSD, in his words they both of them cultivate a substantive bond which is actually helping this team emerge the ladder of success. “It’s pretty chilled out with him. He has been fantastic and has had a few valuable contributions with the bat and he is hitting the ball really well,” Smith told IPLT20.com after beating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 61 runs.“I think he will come back to great form and have a bigger impact by the end of this IPL. I’m really excited about the next couple of games” Smith unveiled.
Now MSD is on the total of 173 runs in his nine matches so far. Despite getting off with a sketchy manner he upstaged to overturn his gaming gear with the match-winning knock of 61 against Sunrisers Hyderabad, including a last ball boundary to pick up the winning runs.
“MS Dhoni has been fantastic as he knows the game incredibly well out here. As a wicket-keeper, it is nice to have someone out there who can look at the angles and get them right,” Smith added. “He has done that well for us and I’m sure he will continue to make a big impact and help me and the rest of the boys and hopefully have more success in the rest of this tournament.” Smith emphasised.
Smith further claimed that World Cup winning veteran demonstrated his fascinating agility behind the stamps leaving the batsmen with no spaces for error on their part in case they crosses the line. “Look, he’s incredibly quick behind the stumps and his hands don’t go back at all, they just stay there and collect the ball. He has done that for a very long time now and has done it once or twice for us in this tournament so far and is doing a great job for the team,” Smith further revealed.