Rising Pune Supergiant are all set to play the summit clash of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. Before the Grand Finale, skipper of the side Steve Smith heaped praise on the youngsters for team’s success in the tenth edition of the league.
Among the youngsters, Washington Sundar and Rahul Tripathi are the standout performers. They have won crucial games of the Rising Pune Supergiant. These two youngsters have become vital cogs of the side alongside Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ben Stokes.
Rahul Tripathi so far scored 388 runs in 13 game. He is Pune’s second highest run scorer in IPL behind skipper Smith.
At the same time, Washington Sunder of Tamil Nadu has played an important role for RPS in the qualifier one as he took three wickets which derailed Mumbai Indians’ chase.
He became the first U-17 bowler to take three wickets in an IPL match.
“Those guys are quite young and have not played those high-pressure final games. That can play into your favor sometimes. They can play with freedom and do the job,” Smith told reporters on the eve of the IPL final against Mumbai Indians in Hyderabad on Sunday.
“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 on Saturday.
Smith, who replaced Dhoni as the team’s skipper, said it had been a pleasure to work with the former Indian Captain Dhoni.
“It has been a lot of fun to work with Flem (team coach Stephen Fleming) and MS (Dhoni) obviously,” said Smith, who has scored 421 runs in 14 games.
“Played some pretty consistent cricket at the backend of this tournament which is really important heading into the business end,” added Smith, who is also the Australian captain.