MS Dhoni replaced by Steve Smith as Rising Pune Supergiants captain for the upcoming season of Indian Premier League. Australia's Steve Smith has been appointed by the franchise.
Dhoni has extended his full support and is ready to help Steve Smith in decision-making on the field. While Dhoni is expected to keep his place in the side, the wicketkeeper-batsman is likely to be promoted up the order.
Pune, finished seventh in their debut season last year.
Under Dhoni, the team managed to win only five of their 14 matches in the IPL 9.
Dhoni's form was also a cause of concern for the side. He managed to score only 284 runs from 12 innings with only one fifty to his credit.
The 35-year-old is one of the three captains to have won the cash-rich T20 league twice. He led Chennai Super Kings for nine editions starting from the league's inaugural season in 2008.
Under him, CSK won the IPL in 2010 and 2011 while the Champions League in 2010 and 2014.