Rising Pune Supergiant had replaced Mahendra Singh Dhoni with Steve Smith as captain for the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League.
Since the beginning of the IPL in 2008, this is the first time when Dhoni, who guided now-defunct Chennai Super Kings to two title wins, is not leading a team.
However, his decade long captaincy experience is exemplary.
Such a moment was witnessed during the IPL 2017 match between RPS and Mumbai Indians.
Chasing a decent 161, Mumbai banked on Rohit's 33-ball half century after the opening duo of Parthiv Patel (33) and Jos Buttler (17) added 35 runs.
With 24 needed off 12 balls, Mumbai had their hopes clinging on Rohit but a brilliant penultimate over from Stokes left the home side needing 17 off the final over.
Captain Smith rushed to Dhoni for advice ahead of the final over. Dhoni was seen giving his inputs to the RPS captain.
And, the tips worked well for Smith.
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Left-armer Unadkat did well to dismiss Hardik Pandya (13) off the first ball of the final over with Stokes latching on to a super catch and by the time the game reached the third-last ball of the day, the Mumbai captain had lost his composure, arguing with the umpire when he didn't signal a wide.
Off the next ball, Rohit was walking back to the pavilion, playing wild heave to be caught and bowled by Unadkat. Harbhajan Singh did smash a six off the last ball, but it was not enough as Mumbai finished at 157/8 to lose by three runs.