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IPL 2017: I Am Not Bothered About Dhoni’s Form: Steve Smith

  • Backing Mahendra Singh Dhoni to do well in the coming matches, Rising Pune Supergiant skipper Steve Smith has insisted he is not worried about his teammate’s form.

    The Pune-based outfit has struggled to do well after winning their season-opener against Mumbai Indians.

    They have lost their last two games and Dhoni’s poor form with the bat has not helped their cause either. With scores of 12 not out, 5 and 11 in his first three games, the 35-year old batsman has looked like a pale shadow of his former self but Smith is not reading too much into the former India skipper’s batting woes.

    “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,” Smith told reporters ahead of his side’s IPL match against Gujarat Lions.

    The newly-appointed RPS skipper further said the last match against Delhi Daredevils was a disappointing one for him as well as his team as he could not play the game because of stomach upset.

    Ajinkya Rahane led the side in Smith’s absence but could not inspire them to a win as the Daredevils crushed them by 97 runs.

    “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 (Friday),” Smith said.

    The only positive for Smith’s team so far is the form of their leg-spinner, Imran Tahir. The South Africa international, who was signed as a replacement for the injured Mitchell Marsh, is currently second to Bhuvneshwar Kumar in wickets tally.

    “He has been good with his economy and taking wickets, which is important for us. He is number one bowler in the world in T20, he has good tricks in bowling, he knows his game very well,” Smith said.

    “He has been a key player for us so far and would remain so in the remaining matches,” he added.

    Smith also hoped to see his team getting back to winning ways soon

    “It’s a long tournament, 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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