Steven Smith © AFP
Steven Smith © AFP

Steven Smith has credited the success of Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 to the youngsters in the squad. Rising Pune Supergiant, who are playing the IPL 10 final on Sunday, May 21 night against the two-time champions Mumbai Indians, could be playing their last game ever as the IPL Governing Council has not renewed their membership for the next year’s edition. After a shaky run in the start, RPS got their act together to finish at the top two in the IPL 10 Points Table, and defeated Mumbai Indians (MI) in Qualifier 1 to make it to the final of perhaps what could be their last tournament. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) vs Mumbai Indians (MI), IPL 10 final

For Rising Pune Supergiant, the Indian domestic players such as Rahul Tripathi, Washington Sundar and even Manoj Tiwary have done a tremendous job. Tripathi has been a revelation with 388 runs in 13 matches this season, and is behind Smith who has made 421 runs in 14 matches. Sundar was the star performer in their Qualifier 1 win over Mumbai Indians, returning with the figures of 4-0-16-3.

“Those guys are quite young and have not played those high pressure final games. That can play into your favour sometimes. They can play with freedom and do the job,” Smith told media at Hyderabad, according to AFP.

“I thought Washington was absolutely fantastic the other night in Mumbai. For a 17-year-old to come out against some quality players and do what he did was outstanding. The young guys have been a real big part of our success so far throughout this tournament and hopefully they can have better success tomorrow night,” Smith said.

Smith also credited RPS coach Stephen Fleming and former captain MS Dhoni for their contributions. “It has been a lot of fun to work with Flem (team coach Stephen Fleming) and MS (Dhoni) obviously. Played some pretty consistent cricket at the backend of this tournament which is really important heading into the business end,” Smith concluded.