MS Dhoni will have a point to prove in IPL 2017 final: Mohammad Azharuddin to India Today

first_imgFormer India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin had lashed out against Pune franchise owners for unceremoniously sacking MS Dhoni as captain at the start of the season.Now thanks to a visibly successful working relationship between former skipper Dhoni and his successor Steve Smith, Rising Pune Supergiant have booked themselves a place in Sunday’s final.Azhar still holds on to his opinion though that the manner in which Dhoni was stripped off captaincy was in poor taste. And despite Dhoni having been a part of an unprecedented six IPL finals in the past, Azhar thinks he will have a point to prove in this one.”Dhoni has always won as captain. Now he may want to win as a player. Try to prove that I can win even when I am just a player,” Azhar told India Today.Azhar, like other observers, has been left impressed with the way the two statesmen Dhoni and Smith have overcome the transfer of baton without much discomfort.”Once you are not a captain, you move on. I was not in favour of his sacking. But now Smith and Dhoni have created a good rapport. They have gelled well that’s when the team has delivered,” he says.Going by their form, the wristy genius now tips Pune to go on and lift the trophy.”I think Pune will win. The playoff they won against Mumbai will be a big confidence booster. Ben Stokes will be missed though. But the way Dhoni is playing with those 40 runs he got in the last two overs, he can help them win the final,” he predicts.advertisementlast_img