Rising Pune Supergiant coach Stephen Fleming has termed both MS Dhoni and Steve Smith as fine leaders. Not going in line with RPS owner Sanjiv Goenka’s comment that Smith is sharper than Dhoni, Fleming believes both the players have excellent leadership skills.
“Dhoni is one of the most successful players in the last decade and he has one more chance tomorrow to prove that. Both (Smith and Dhoni) are fine leaders with their fine performances. They have been outstanding so far and have had great influence on the younger players in the team,” said Fleming. Also Read- IPL 2017: Rising Pune Supergiant aim for first IPL crown, here is how they got to the final
The RPS coach ahead of IPL 2017 final against Mumbai Indians believes it is time to sit back and enjoy the summit clash. “The work gets done at the start of the tournament and at the auction,” says Fleming.
“If you’re lucky enough to find the right combination in time, then it pretty much rolls along itself. The finals are the ideal time where you sit back because if you’re in the finals things must’ve gone right at the start and we don’t have to start over analysing again by making changes as it might not be beneficial to the team,” he added. Also Read- RPS owner Sanjiv Goenka rates Steve Smith as sharper captain than MS Dhoni ahead of IPL 10 final
RPS, who finished seventh last season, made it to their maiden final appearance. Ahead of this season, the management decided to hand the responsibility of leading the side from Dhoni to Smith. And it has worked very well for them.