The new IPL franchise, which is Pune based, has been named as Rising Pune Supergiants. This franchise is owned by a Kolkata-based businessman Sanjeev Goenka. After unveiling the logo of the team, he also announced that MS Dhoni will be the captain of the side for the 2016 edition of the IPL. He added that Dhoni has been a phenomenal leader and his track record in both domestic and International matches speaks for itself.
However, the notable aspect has been that MS Dhoni has been made that captain only for the 2016 edition and not beyond. On being asked about the same, Sanjeev Goenka answered that their focus is on 2016 edition and the team is still building.
Rising Pune SuperGiants has roped in 5 big names in the IPL draft, including MS Dhoni. The others are Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith and Faf du Plessis. This is the first time that MS Dhoni and Ravichandran Ashwin will be playing for any franchise other than Chennai SuperKings. Chennai SuperKings, along with Rajasthan Royals will be back for 2018 season.
When Sanjeev Goenka was asked if Mike Hussey will also be a part of the team, he replied that this team is not CSK and if someone was part of CSK, it doesn’t implies that he will be a part of Rising Pune SuperGiants. He also made it clear that Sourav Ganguly is not involved with the team in anyways. Ganguly is the co-owner of the ISL franchise Atletico de Kolkata, along with Goenka
The response on the name of the team hasn’t been very positive and it will be interesting to know the reason behind this name. But speculations are being made that it’s all because of his business Group, RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group. The abbreviation of the team is same as his business group, RPSG.