New Delhi: After losing a thriller against SunRisers Hyderabad on Tuesday, new IPL franchise Rising Pune Supergiants are now out of contention for the playoffs.
It has been a forgettable journey for Pune in their maiden IPL season as they lost eight out of their eleven matches.
Under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Pune failed to play as a unit.
Losing key foreign players like Steve Smith, Faf du Plessis, Kevin Pietersen and Mitchell Marsh mid-way, certainly came as a major blow for the team.
But Dhoni's captaincy also looked mediocre just like his batting in the season.
Even after losing four big players, Dhoni didn't give a chance to all-rounder Irfan Pathan, who played just one game for his franchise out of eleven.
It's shocking that even after having a superb domestic season, Pathan didn't find a place in Dhoni's playing XI.
The only match he played in the ninth edition was against Kings XI Punjab, in which he bowled just one over, where he conceded seven runs.
Dhoni's decision left the cricket fans annoyed who feel that it's a tactical mistake by Captain Cool, which cost RPS dearly.
MSD's rubbish tactics so far :
Not finding the correct combo
Under bowling Ashwin
Unused Bench(Pathan, Aparajith)#RPSvSRH
— Madhu Soodhan S (@madhootweets) May 10, 2016
Why Irfan Pathan was bought? Fantastic domestic season yet warming benches in the IPL. #RPSvSRH
— Pratibha Mehra (@Irfanomania) May 10, 2016
— Mr. Culinary Boner (@PratishNair24) May 10, 2016
Irfan pathan will never get chance I think
Dhoni should have benched Ash for today's match
— Shreya Jaishankar (@mostly_insane) May 10, 2016
Irfan Pathan's Father sent me friendship Request.ACCEPTED !!! #RPSvSRH
— Sir Yograj Singh (@SirYograj) May 10, 2016