Twitterati infuriate as Ajinkya Rahane replaces Steve Smith as RPS captain instead of MS Dhoni

Pune`s regular skipper Steve Smith is out of the tie with an upset stomach, while in-form batsman Manoj Tiwary, who lost his father this morning is also out.

By Zee Media Bureau | Updated: Apr 11, 2017, 20:58 PM IST
Twitterati infuriate as Ajinkya Rahane replaces Steve Smith as RPS captain instead of MS Dhoni

New Delhi: Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) chose to name Ajinkya Rahane as stand-in skipper against Delhi Daredevils (DD) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Tuesday after the Aussie was ruled out with upset stomach.

Pune`s regular skipper Steve Smith is out of the tie with an upset stomach, while in-form batsman Manoj Tiwary, who lost his father this morning is also out.

Smith was replaced by South African Faf du Plessis while Maharashtra all-rounder Rahul Tripathi came in place of Tiwary. Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa was also included in place of Daniel Christian.

As far as RPS management's decision to make Rahane wear the captaincy hat instead of MS Dhoni, fans didn't shy away from expressing dissent on Twitter. (IPL 10, RPS vs DD - Live Blog | Scorecard)

Teams:

Delhi Daredevils: Aditya Tare, Sam Billings, Karun Nair, Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant (WK), Corey Anderson, Chris Morris, Pat Cummins, Amit Mishra, Shahbaz Nadeem, Zaheer Khan (Captain).

Rising Pune Supergiant: Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Faf du Plessis, Mayank Agarwal, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (WK), Rajat Bhatia, Deepak Chahar, Adam Zampa, Ashok Dinda, Imran Tahir.