[caption id="attachment_601329" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-601329" alt="Steven Smith (R) took over RPS reins from MS Dhoni (l) in IPL 10 AFP" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/MS-5.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Steven Smith (R) took over RPS reins from MS Dhoni (l) in IPL 10 AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>After <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/Rising-Pune-Supergiant" target="_blank">Rising Pune Supergiant</a>'s (RPS) spirited performance versus <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/Royal-Challengers-Bangalore" target="_blank">Royal Challengers Bangalore</a> (RCB) in match 34 of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Indian-Premier-League" target="_blank">Indian Premier League</a> (IPL) 2017, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Steven-Smith" target="_blank">Steven Smith</a> was impressed with his side's showing on the 22-yard circle. The Australian skipper credited <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Lockie-Ferguson" target="_blank">Lockie Ferguson</a> who was the stand out performer with 18 dot balls and ended with a spell of 4-0-7-2. He also got the prized scalp of AB de Villiers. With much being talked about his relationship with former RPS skipper, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/MS-Dhoni" target="_blank">MS Dhoni</a>, he believes the wicketkeeper-batsman is in good touch and will be impactful in the latter part of the tenth edition. <strong>READ: </strong><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/ipl-2017-lockie-ferguson-reveals-special-plan-against-ab-de-villiers-after-defeating-royal-challengers-bangalore-rcb-601200" target="_blank"><b>Ferguson reveals special plan against AB de Villiers after defeating RCB</b></a> <p></p> <p></p>Pune has been a lucky ground for Smith. He scored a match-winning hundred to guide his national side to a massive victory in the series opener of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2016-17 prior to IPL 10. On being asked about his love affair with the stadium, he stated, "It s a nice place to play. Nice small boundaries and usually a very good wicket to bat on. I ve had a bit of success here at the MCA stadium and long may that continue", as quoted by <em>iplt20.com</em>. <p></p> <p></p>In a cliff-hanger versus Mumbai Indians (MI), wherein RPS won by 3 runs, Smith was seen taking advice from Dhoni in a tense finish. He revealed what the conversation was between the duo. "MS Dhoni has been fantastic as he knows the game incredibly well out here. As a wicketkeeper, it is nice to have someone out there who can look at the angles and get them right. He has done that well for us and I m sure he will continue to make a big impact and help me and the rest of the boys and hopefully have more success in the rest of this tournament", said Smith. <p></p> <p></p>Smith also shared the difference playing under Dhoni and now taking over the reins from the 35-year-old. "It s pretty chilled out with him. He has been fantastic and has had a few valuable contributions with the bat and he is hitting the ball really well. I think he will come back to great form and have a bigger impact by the end of this IPL. I m really excited about the next couple of games", added Smith. <p></p> <p></p>Dhoni's wicketkeeping skills are known to the entire cricketing arena. He pulled off another smart bit of run-out in the game versus Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Pune by dismissing Sunil Narine. Talking about his blink-and-a-miss keeping, Smith quoted, "Look, he s incredibly quick behind the stumps and his hands don t go back at all, they just stay there and collect the ball. He has done that for a very long time now and has done it once or twice for us in this tournament so far and is doing a great job for the team." <p></p> <p></p>New Zealand's bowler, Ferguson, was included in the game against RCB and proved to be the difference between both sides. Speaking about his sensational bowling, Smith replied, "Ferguson did a great job for us tonight. He came in and bowled beautifully, I think he had 18 dot balls. It s nice to know we have options and when Ben Stokes is fit, we will see what combination is right on that day and try and pick the best line-up for each opposition and each set of conditions we face."