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IPL 2017: Steven Smith’s Sharp Message Helped Pune To Reach Finals

Rising Pune Supergiant are on a roll in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League, as they became the first team to enter the finals of IPL 10.

The men from Maharashtra have been in sensational form this season, as they have managed to turn the tables around quickly after they finished seventh in the points table last year.

However, RPS batsman Manoj Tiwary has credited captain Steve Smith and coach Stephen Fleming for their “short and sharp” messages to the players which proved vital to their campaign.

The performances by the team have been way beyond expectations, as the team gelled well under the new captain Steven Smith and have played like a unit. Despite losing three of the four games at the beginning of the campaign, the side has managed to win eight of their last ten games to make it to the top two.

Manoj Tiwary, who has contributed with a valuable fifty in Qualifier 1 has praised both Fleming and Smith for their off-field activities that helped the team.

“The coach and the captain don’t talk too much. They talk about only specific things which are to be discussed. We don’t have too many meetings as well as it takes too much of time. It’s clear message – short and sharp. The players have performed very well. It is a collective effort. In the end, the players have to perform on the field no matter how much discussion and planning you do,” revealed Manoj Tiwary.

“There was nothing specific which was discussed. They (captain and coaching staff) made things simple for us. We always had that belief because if you don’t have that, you are already behind by 20 per cent. That belief is there and Fleming has done a good job in maintaining the atmosphere in the team. Each and every player is in a happy state of mind and when you are happy, you do well,” added Tiwary.

Steve Smith’s selection as captain ahead of MS Dhoni came as a controversial decision at the start of the season, but not many could argue with the results they have managed to get to IPL final this year.

RPS will now play one of the three teams (Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders) in the final of IPL 10 in Hyderabad on Sunday, as they have won the qualifier 1 quite comfortably by 20 runs. The result meant Rising Pune Supergiant became only the second team in IPL history to defeat Mumbai thrice in a single edition after Chennai Super Kings did it in 2014.

Despite losing Ben Stokes and Imran Tahir for the playoffs, Pune is surely looking like the favourites to win the title this season, especially after MS Dhoni getting back to form against Mumbai Indians on Tuesday.

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