When Sanjiv Goenka, Harsh Goenka’s Brother, announced that his franchise Rising Pune Supergiants had decided to replace MS Dhoni with Steven Smith as the Captain of the side, it sparked off almost a nation-wide row and the former India Captain’s fans slammed the Pune-based franchise left, right and centre, even as Sanjiv Goenka firmly stood by the decision, citing that the franchise wanted a younger Captain who would “respond to their calls and be available when needed.”
Just when it seemed like the controversy was settling down and if all of that wasn’t enough, Harsh Goenka came up with a controversial Tweet right after the game between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants last night.
The tweet read, “#RPSvsMI Smith proves who’s the king of the jungle. Overshadows Dhoni totally. Captains innings. Great move to appoint him as captain.”
Twitterati instantly noticed the controversial remark and rightfully gave Harsh Goenka a mouthful for his unnecessary rant about the former India Captain who is considered as one of the greatest finishers in the history of limited overs Cricket. MS Dhoni, who played his first ever IPL game as a non-captain, joined Smith after Stokes was out caught in the deep, with RPS well on course, needing 42 off 29 balls. Though MSD struck one boundary in his innings, he didn’t look comfortable during his stay. He missed a couple of balls in the penultimate over and even mishit another two. The RPS finally required 10 off 3, when Smith hit two huge sixes to finish things off. Smith made 84 off 54, with his last 56 coming off just 28 balls, whereas Dhoni finished with 12 off 12.
As far as our opinion is concerned, the Tweet was in extremely poor taste. It was a solipsistic attempt to prove how the management’s decision to replace MSD as the captain of the Team with Smith was spot on! Whatever the outcome of the game or even the impending games, a comment like this from the owner of a franchise is preposterous and unacceptable.
Remember 1 thing mr Goenka v r supporting Dhoni nt ur team n 80 per of ur supporters vll b jst due to des man MSD..so show some respect 😡
— Alpa kothari (@Alpakothari8) April 6, 2017
— nagarjun (@nagkaparthi) April 7, 2017
Minutes after he initially tweeted, Harsh Goenka, one of the respected businessmen in the country, pulled it down and tried to cover up by quoting retweets of a couple of his bowlers, who spelt out how Goenka’s Tweet was in bad taste.