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Smith not bothered about Dhoni’s form


Steve Smith, the skipper of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rising Pune Supergiant, on Thursday (April 13) backed the out-of-form Mahendra Singh Dhoni, saying was not bothered about the former India captain’s form. Dhoni so far has scored on 28 runs in three innings’ in the ongoing 10th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

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“I am not bothered about his (Dhoni’s) form. He is a class player, and we have just played three games, so he will be fine in the tournament,” Smith said ahead of his side’s match against Gujarat Lions on Friday.

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Smith couldn’t play in his team’s last match against Delhi Daredevils due to stomach upset, and the Supergiant lost the game. The Australian expressed his disappointment about the last game, as he said: “It was a disappointing game for me and my team as I was not well while the team lost the game. Sometimes you get sick but now I have recovered and should be fine.”

Smith was full of praise about the South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir, “He has been good with his economy and taking wickets, which is important for us. He is number one bowler in the world in T20, he has good tricks in bowling, he knows his game very well.”

Asked about Gujarat Lions player Ravindra Jadeja, who had done well in the Test series against Australia, Smith said, “He (Jadeja) is a quality player, he has been good in IPL and his inclusion would strengthen Gujarat Lion’s batting and bowling.”

– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com

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