Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) made debut in the last edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). RPS were drafted in after Chennai Super Kings (RPS) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) were suspended for 2 years by Supreme Court in 2015 citing spot-fixing. However, in the auction of IPL 2016, the Pune-based franchise were quick to pick up main members of CSK including skipper MS Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin and Faf du Plessis. All the same, preparations for IPL 10 started with unceremonious sacking of Dhoni. The management then placed Steven Smith at the helm. This year’s auction saw RPS spend a whopping amount on Ben Stokes (INR 14.5 crore). Much like the last edition, RPS were hit by injuries. All-rounders Mitchell Marsh and Ravichandran Ashwin will not participate in RPS’ last edition of this T20 event. IPL 2017: Guide to Rising Pune Supergiant’s (RPS) dark horses for IPL 10
Pune Warriors India, owned by Sahara Adventure Sports Limited, featured in IPL for a brief period of 3 years (2010 -2013). Pune has the distinguished honour of hosting two different IPL franchises, apart from Hyderabad. With only one season under their belt, let us have a sneak-peek in to the statistical highlights:
|Most matches (RPS)|
With captaincy duties on his shoulders, MS Dhoni featured in all the 14 games RPS played last season.
|Faf du Plessis||206|
Rahane tops the chart for the leading run-scorer, with 196 runs more than No. 2.
|Faf du Plessis||2|
As expected, the leading run-scorer also has the most number of fifties to his name.
|Faf du Plessis||17|
Known for his conventional approach, it is surprising to find Rahane yet again lead here.
|Faf du Plessis||9|
True to his batsmanship, Dhoni manages to outscore his teammates in number of sixes hit in his short RPS career.
Relatively unknown to the Indian masses, Australia’s Adam Zampa captured everyone’s heart with his bold and aggressive bowling.
Very few players have ever managed to bowl a maiden over in IPL. Ashoke Dinda managed 2 in one season.
Spin duo of Ashwin and Zampa both have picked one four-wicket haul for RPS.
|Best economy (10 overs)|
Zampa, for some strange reason, overshadowed his more accomplished compatriot Ashwin across departments.
|Faf du Plessis||4|
With Smith, Rahane and du Plessis in the ranks, RPS’ fielding was a blink-and-miss affair.
Dhoni leads with a handsome margin, given he kept wickets in all games.
|Adam Zampa||6/19||Deccan Chargers Hyderabad||2016|
There has been only one 6-for in the history of IPL.
|Steve Smith||101 (54)||Gujarat Lions||2016|
Smith’s love affair with India began from IPL 2016, where he smacked his only T20 hundred.