[caption id="attachment_609038" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-609038" alt="Steven Smith took over as RPS captain from MS Dhoni BCCI" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/MS-Dhoni-Steven-Smith-BCCI.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Steven Smith took over as RPS captain from MS Dhoni BCCI[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/rising-pune-supergiant" target="_blank">Rising Pune Supergiant</a> (RPS) are all set to play their first final of the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/indian-premier-league-2017-200487/" target="_blank">Indian Premier League</a> (IPL) on Sunday in Hyderabad and owner Sanjiv Goenka has opined that team s captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/steven-smith" target="_blank">Steven Smith</a> has a sharper mind than former captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ms-dhoni" target="_blank">MS Dhoni</a>. Dhoni, who is known to be one of the calm-headed skippers of modern-day cricket, was relieved of his duties as a captain of RPS for this edition with Smith taking over. However, the change in power did not come off very smoothly as a message from Goenka indicated that the apparent reason for axing the helicopter-shot specialist was RPS poor show in the previous season. <strong><a title="ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Depends how Virat Kohli uses MS Dhoni s experience, says Kapil Dev" href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/icc-champions-trophy-2017-depends-how-virat-kohli-uses-ms-dhonis-experience-says-kapil-dev-608183">ICC Champions Trophy 2017: India's performance depends on how Virat Kohli uses MS Dhoni s experience, says Kapil Dev</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p> MS is one of the greatest minds I have interacted with. And he is the best wicketkeeper in the world, Goenka told <i>Hindustan Times</i>. The one mind ahead of Dhoni s is Smith s, he said, referring to captain Steve Smith. My brief to Smith was: win the championship . It s difficult to believe the way he has planned some dismissals, the tact and firmness with which he has dealt with tricky situations and the win-or-nothing attitude he has been able to infuse in the team, get them to gel as a unit. And he s gone out in the strategic timeouts to tell batsmen to either score 30 off the next 12 balls or get out. If we had a bad start, it was because Smith was out with food poisoning. <p></p> <p></p> You need to win eight-nine games to make the playoffs and Smith told me that between him, [Imran] Tahir and [Ben] Stokes, we would win seven. And players of the calibre of MS will always give you something. We had more match winners this time, players who would need five-six balls to settle down instead of 20. And we hadn t factored in Rahul Tripathi, Washington Sundar and Jaydev Unadkat. Tripathi and Sundar are going to be serious players on the Indian cricket scene, Goenka revealed. <p></p> <p></p> The first season was a disaster and I wanted it to end soonest, with our dignity intact. The team got younger, fitter and more energetic. So, we have fielded better. This time, with whom players loyalties lay didn t matter. We didn t want to be like a franchise that doesn t invest its Rs 66 crore purse and is happy finishing fifth, but last year I didn t know better. Also, with the World T20 around, we didn t have time, he explained.