IPL news January 18, 2016

Dhoni named Rising Pune Supergiants captain

ESPNcricinfo staff

MS Dhoni and Steven Smith will turn out for Rising Pune Supergiants in the upcoming IPL season © Cricket Australia/Getty Images

MS Dhoni has been named captain of the new Pune franchise, Rising Pune Supergiants, for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League.

Dhoni, who led Chennai Super Kings to two IPL titles, was named Supergiants' captain for only one season for now. "He has always been a phenomenal leader for teams that he has represented including the Indian side," team owner Sanjiv Goenka said at the team's logo unveiling. "Right now the focus is only on 2016 and the team building. That's why we named Dhoni as the captain.

"His track record in both domestic and International arenas have been remarkable. I firmly believe he will lead our team extremely well on and off the field."

Having made the most successful bid for a new franchise, Dhoni was Pune's first pick at the player draft in December. The other four players chosen were Ajinkya Rahane, R Ashwin, Steven Smith and Faf du Plessis.

"Practically we hope there will be complete harmony in the team. The likes of MS, Steven Smith and Faf du Plessis are seasoned leaders. I don't think there will be any chance of a friction in the team," Goenka said.

Rising Pune Supergiants, owned by New Rising, will have INR 27 crore to spend at the player auction on February 6 to make up the rest of the squad.

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  • ashik on January 19, 2016, 15:54 GMT

    I wish I could create a meaningful logo rather, moreover as a CSK supporter,this time go for Pune ...... Ohh still Iam used to this funny name.

  • Roy on January 19, 2016, 14:20 GMT

    Who comes up with these super ridiculous names? This is a league in India, at least come up with something that represents their culture and history.

  • Rahul on January 19, 2016, 9:45 GMT

    Goodness me. That logo and the team name. The brand building team must be having field day.

  • Syed on January 19, 2016, 9:20 GMT

    @PRATS6; Smith at his age and as a batsman is the best in the world. He has always been led by example. He bats like a champion whereas some captains will stay back when things matter. Smith wil be the great leader in the years to come.

  •   Akram Khan on January 19, 2016, 6:06 GMT

    Smith better options for dhoni.

  • syed on January 19, 2016, 5:53 GMT

    By the time they rise, the tournament will be over.

  • Abhijith on January 19, 2016, 5:12 GMT

    what name is that rising supergiants sounds wierd CSK was best

  • Manoj on January 19, 2016, 5:02 GMT

    Smith under Dhoni? It is like aggressive captaincy taken over by defensive captaincy

  • Mustansir on January 19, 2016, 4:33 GMT

    awful name added by awful logo. the Iplwill be played in white ball then why they put red ball in logo and that red ball in logo looks like onion.

  • Pratyush on January 19, 2016, 4:17 GMT

    Some people expect Smith to be named skipper? Seriously? His track record in IPL has been scratchy at best. He is an ordinary skipper leading a great team.

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