IPL 2017: MS Dhoni's 'disrespectful' sacking by Rising Pune Supergiants enrages Mohammad Azharuddin
Mohammad Azharuddin has said the manner in which Rising Pune Supergiants removed Mahendra Singh Dhoni from captaincy is 'third rate and disrespectful'
New Delhi: Former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin on Tuesday slammed the Rising Pune Supergiants management for the manner in which double World Cup-winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was removed from captaincy of the IPL franchise, terming it "third rate and disrespectful".
"The decision and manner of execution was third-rate and disgraceful. Dhoni has been a jewel in Indian cricket, he has won almost everything in eight-nine years of his captaincy and even though the franchise can say they run the team with their own money, shouldn't they have seen Dhoni's stature and credibility before stripping him of captaincy? I feel angry and sad as a former cricketer," Azharuddin told 'Aaj Tak'.
Dhoni was replaced at the helm by Australia's Test skipper Steve Smith, ending his innings as captain in both international and franchise cricket.
The Pune franchise finished seventh in their maiden appearance last year at the IPL, and Azharuddin felt it was not correct to pin all the blame on Dhoni.
"What will a captain do when the team doesn't play well? If Dhoni wasn't good and an inspirational captain would he have won two IPL titles (leading Chennai Super Kings)? Belittling Indian sporting legends like Dhoni through corporate board rooms is stooping down to the lowest."
Dhoni, who had stepped down as India's limited-overs captain to snap his international run as skipper earlier this year, will, however, continue to be a part of the Pune franchise as a player.
Azhar said he was hurt more at the manner the decision was announced than the decision itself.
"If they had wanted to change the captaincy they should have gone to Dhoni and given him the opportunity to quit on his own and tell the world it was his own decision.
"That would have given him an honourable exit but when you keep thinking like a businessman, you actually don't think about the sportsman. I feel the BCCI should not let this go and should deal with it," Azhar said.
One of the best finishers in the game, MS Dhoni rolled back the clock on Sunday as he hit three boundaries in the final over to help CSK complete the chase against DC in Qualifier 1 of IPL 2021.
Dhoni, the most loved and revered Indian captain of all time, led Chennai Super Kings, a team of old warhorses with oodles of experience, to another IPL title.
"It's about the belief in the squad from management, owners. After last season, I was really disappointed. We owed it to the franchise, the fans to come up with a better performance," Bravo said after the match.