Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) finished at seventh position in the previous edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). They will have a new skipper for this edition. MS Dhoni, who has won the IPL title several times with Chennai Super Kings (CSK), has been replaced by Australia skipper Steven Smith for IPL 2017. Dhoni as a result will play solely as a wicketkeeper this time – just like he is for the India’s limited-overs side after handing over the captaincy baton to Virat Kohli. RPS acquired the services of England all-rounder Ben Stokes for Rs. 14.5 crores in the auction. They have also acquired the services of Lockie Ferguson and all-rounder Dan Christian as well.
Due to the municipal elections in Delhi, there needed to be a slight alteration in one of RPS’ schedule. The match on April 22, which was scheduled to be held in Delhi at 8 PM, has been rescheduled to 4 PM in Pune. RPS, who will be playing just their second season in the IPL, will look to put up a much better show this time around. Along with the new purchases, RPS also have the services of one of the best all-rounders in the world, Ravichandran Ashwin, at their disposal, along with the medium pacer Rajat Bhatia.
There is, however, a shadow of doubt over the participation of Mitchell Marsh. Marsh flew home in the middle of the Indian tour with an injury and is expected to face a long lay-off. RPS will be an all-rounder short without Marsh, but that is where Christian might turn out to be smart buy. He has had prior IPL experience, turning up for Deccan Chargers (DC) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
Here is the full RPS Schedule:
|Team 1||Team 2||Venue||Date||Day||Time|
|Rising Pune Supergiants||Mumbai Indians||Pune||6-Apr||Thu||8:00 PM|
|Kings XI Punjab||Rising Pune Supergiants||Indore||8-Apr||Sat||4:00 PM|
|Rising Pune Supergiants||Delhi Daredevils||Pune||11-Apr||Tue||8:00 PM|
|Gujarat Lions||Rising Pune Supergiants||Rajkot||14-Apr||Fri||8:00 PM|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||Rising Pune Supergiants||Bengaluru||16-Apr||Sun||8:00 PM|
|Rising Pune Supergiants||Sunrisers Hyderabad||Pune||22-Apr||Sat||4:00 PM|
|Mumbai Indians||Rising Pune Supergiants||Mumbai||24-Apr||Mon||8:00 PM|
|Rising Pune Supergiants||Kolkata Knight Riders||Pune||26-Apr||Wed||8:00 PM|
|Rising Pune Supergiants||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Pune||29-Apr||Sat||4:00 PM|
|Rising Pune Supergiants||Gujarat Lions||Pune||1-May||Mon||8:00 PM|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||Rising Pune Supergiants||Kolkata||3-May||Wed||8:00 PM|
|Sunrisers Hyderabad||Rising Pune Supergiants||Hyderabad||6-May||Sat||4:00 PM|
|Delhi Daredevils||Rising Pune Supergiants||Delhi||12-May||Fri||8:00 PM|
|Rising Pune Supergiants||Kings XI Punjab||Pune||14-May||Sun||4:00 PM|
Rising Pune Supergiants squad for IPL 2017: Steven Smith (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Jaydev Unadkat, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rajat Bhatia, Mitchell Marsh, Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes, Adam Zampa, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Sharma, Deepak Chahar, Ishwar Pandey, Faf du Plessis, Baba Aparajith, Usman Khawaja, Jaskaran Singh, Ankush Bains, Ashok Dinda, Milind Tandon, Rahul Chahar, Rahul Tripathi, Dan Christian, Lockie Ferguson, Saurabh Kumar, Manoj Tiwary.