IPL team preview - Rising Pune Supergiants look for change in fortune in 2017 season

Ben Stokes will be hoping to have an impressive IPL debut
Ben Stokes will be hoping to have an impressive IPL debut
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Being one of the temporary replacement for the suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, Rising Pune Supergiants had a horrendous previous Indian Premier League (IPL) season despite having a lot of big names in their ranks.

They are now entering the final of the two-season deal and will be hoping to sign off on a high and the franchise has announced Steven Smith as their new captain replacing MS Dhoni and has overhauled the squad releasing as many as 11 players from the previous edition.

The squad was hit by injuries during 2016 season with a number of players including Kevin Pietersen and Faf du Plessis was ruled out allowing the franchise to sign George Bailey and Usman Khawaja for reinforcements.

Performance in Previous Edition

Having played a solitary season in IPL, Rising Pune Supergiants ended seventh in the table winning five out of the 14 games. They started the 2016 season with a convincing nine-wicket win over Mumbai Indians but won just two games in the next 11 matches as they dropped out of contention for play-offs early. The team for most part of the season looked confused with an unsettled combination that reflected in their performances.

Released Players

The following are the 11 players released by the franchise.

Foreign Players - Kevin Pietersen, Thisara Perera, Scott Boland, Peter Handscomb and George Bailey.

Local Players - Ishant Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Murugan Ashwin, RP Singh and Saurabh Tiwary.

Bought Players

The spotlight on their auction performance remained completely on England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who was bought for USD 2.164 million approx. Lockie Ferguson, Daniel Christian, Manoj Tiwary and Jaydev Unadkat are other notable additions to the squad.

Key Performers

Ben Stokes: The fortune has changed completely for the Durham all-rounder, who was criticised for his performance in the last over of the final and will now play under his Ashes rival captain Smith. His ability to deliver with both bat and the ball makes him an impact player and no wonder Pune have used all their reserve money on him.

Adam Zampa: Has been in and out of the Australian team which had surprised most around. He was the leading wicket-taker for Australia in the One-Day Internationals in 2016 and he showed a glimpse of brilliance in the last edition where he picked a six-wicket haul and overall snared 12 wickets from five matches at an economy of 6.76.

Squad

Steven Smith (captain), MS Dhoni (wk), Jaydev Unadkat, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rajat Bhatia, Mitchell Marsh, Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes, Adam Zampa, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Sharma, Deepak Chahar, Ishwar Pandey, Faf du Plessis, Baba Aparajith, Usman Khawaja, Jaskaran Singh, Ankush Bains, Ashok Dinda, Milind Tandon, Rahul Chahar, Rahul Tripathi, Dan Christian, Lockie Ferguson, Saurabh Kumar, Manoj Tiwary.

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