Rising Pune Supergiants IPL 9 Pune Squad 2016
Pune is having a brand new team that will feature in the 9th edition of the star studded cricket league, Indian Premier League. In a recent unveiling ceremony of team’s new name and jersey, the Pune team was named Rising Pune Supergiants. The name was given after an online opinion poll held last year. In the past, IPL had another Pune team named Sahara Pune Warriors, which was dissolved after three years in 2013. After that for two seasons, there was no team from Pune.
The rise of the Pune team – Rising Pune Supergiants
Last year, the Supreme Court had passed an order of suspension of the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals because the owners were found guilty of match betting. So the new Pune team and the Rajkot team emerged. An IPL draft was held in the month of November, 2015 in which the players who used to play for the suspended teams of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were open for sell to these two new teams. They were asked by the IPL committee to pick up five players each in that draft.
Rising Pune Supergiants’ choice of captain for IPL 9
MS Dhoni was the obvious choice as he is one of the most successful T20 captains of India and in IPL also. Under his captaincy only, India won the 1st edition of the T20 World Cup. He led the Chennai team for two wins in the 2010 and 1011 IPLs respectively. Under his leadership, CSK also won two Champions League T20 trophies in 2010 and 2014. He has been one of the greatest players in the short form of the game. His helicopter shot is his knight in shining armor.
Players purchased so far by the Rising Pune Supergiants
In a draft meeting held in the end of 2015, the IPL governing council decided to distribute the some players of CSK and RR to the two new teams from Rajkot and Pune. The new Pune team – Rising Pune Supergiants bagged the most favorite Mahendra Singh Dhoni of CSK along with two other Indian players Ajinkya Rahane from RR and R. Ashwin from CSK. Two foreign players were also purchased – Faf du Plessis of CSK and Steven Smith of RR. The remaining players will be picked through the IPL auction which will take place on 6th Feb, 2016, where the team is confident of having a star studded team.
Track record of the Indian Players purchased so far by the Rising Pune Supergiants for IPL 2016.
There was much air on the matter that Dhoni must retire and is not performing at his best. But instead of the poor form in the recent months, the Rising Pune Supergiants went for captain Dhoni. Dhoni has played 129 IPL matches so far with a record 2,987 runs with a strike rate of 139.32. Next is Ajinkya Rahane who played 81 IPL matches so far and has scored 2195 runs with a strike rate of 119.75. Pune purchased the third Indian spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin who has played 97 IPL matches so far and have taken 90 wickets with an economy rate of 6.48.
Track record of the Oversees Players purchased so far by the Rising Pune Supergiants for IPL 2016.
The Pune team has managed to bag two top foreign players, one each from CSK and RR, from the IPL draft. It put its money on CSK star player Faf du Plessis. He is a South African right handed batsman with an experience of 45 IPL matches. He has scored 1081 IPL runs so far with a strike rate of 128.23. Another foreign player that went to the Pune camp is Australian star batsman Steven Smith who had a glorious IPL career under the RR. He has played 46 IPL matches so far with total of 961 runs. His strike rate in IPL is 131.64.
Home stadium of the Rising Pune Supergiants
The last time Pune IPL team named Sahara Pune Warriors played in their home was in the year 2013. At that time, the home stadium of Pune was known as Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium. After many differences between the Pune owners- Sahara and BCCI, the Pune team was dissolved and for two years there was no team representing Pune. This year Pune has got a brand new team and their home venue will be Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium. The name of the stadium has also been changed.
Pune team’s current strategy before the IPL 9 kicks starts
After bagging two big foreign players and three of the most successful Indian IPL players, they are sitting at a very good position right now. The owners, the team management and Captain Dhoni himself are chalking out about the possible players, on whom they will bet on the IPL player auction to be held on 6th Feb, 2016. They are keen to have a correct combination of bowlers, batsmen, fielders and match winners. They are not only focusing on youngsters with a lot of promise and ability but also will bank on the experience of senior players.
IPL 9 schedule structure
This year’s IPL will be the 9th version of the extravagant cricket tournament. Last year’s champions were the Mumbai Indians. The IPL 9 will also feature a total of eight teams. Each team will play a total of 14 matches in primary stage, i.e. 2 matches with each team, one at home and one away. Then four teams will qualify for the semi finals. Teams which stand in 1st and 2nd position will get a second chance to qualify for finals by facing the winner of the match played between 3rd and 4th team.
Rising Pune Supergiants Full IPL 9 Pune Team Squad 2016 and Players
|Sl. No.||Player Name||Country plays for||Nature of Player||Purchase amount (In Rs.)||IPL team played for last year|
|1||Mahendra Singh Dhoni||India||Batsman / Wicket keeper||12.5 crore||CSK|
|2||Ajinkya Rahane||India||Batsman||9.5 crore||RR|
|3||Ravichandran Ashwin||India||Spinner||7.5 crore||CSK|
|4||Faf du Plessis||South Africa||Batsman||4 crore||CSK|
|5||Steve Smith||Australia||Batsman||5.5 crore||RR|
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