Days after being removed from captaincy of his IPL franchise Rising Pune Supergiants, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was named captain of the Jharkhand side for the Vijay Hazare Trophy starting February 25. On Monday, in a surprise move, Rising Pune Supergiants removed him as captain and replaced him with Steve Smith. Pune owner Sanjiv Goenka said the management wanted a younger leader for the team that had finished second from bottom in the 2016 edition.
In the last couple of seasons, Dhoni while playing for Jharkhand, never captained the side but has taken up the mantle this time round. It will be a strong Jharkhand team that will be vying for the national championship.
Apart from Dhoni, they have the explosive Ishan Kishan and top domestic spinner Shahbaz Nadeem in their ranks. Ishank Jaggi and Varun Aaron, both of whom had landed IPL contracts, are also there in the team with the burly Saurabh Tiwary.