Rising Pune Supergiant, a team based in Pune came into existence in the 2016 edition of Indian Premier League. Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions are in fact two teams who made their entry in the 2016 edition of IPL. Both the teams came in as replacements for Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, who got suspended for two years due to spot-fixing charges.
MS Dhoni became the skipper of Rising Pune Supergiant at the start of 2017 edition, though he was sacked as the captain mid-way in the tournament by the franchise owner Sanjiv Goenka. Under the leadership of Steve Smith, the team reached the final of 2017 edition where they lost to Mumbai Indians by 1 run. 2017 IPL final was, in fact, the last game of RPS in the league.
Interestingly, there were five players which represented RPS but never played thereafter. Here’s a look at 5 of those:
5. George Bailey
George Bailey is best known for leading Kings XI Punjab in the final of 2014 IPL. Though, he couldn’t replicate his form in the following year. Poor run with the bat saw him getting released from the franchise.
He went unsold in the 2016 edition. However, an unfortunate injury to Faf du Plessis saw George Bailey being included as a replacement. He scored 84 runs in 6 matches, with a strike rate of 85.71. George Bailey never played in IPL after that.
4. Rajat Bhatia:
Remember, a medium fast-bowler who had the ability to launch big hits too, Rajat Bhatia was once an integral cog in KKR. He also played for Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals.
Bhatia’s last season in IPL was with Rising Pune Supergiant. He played 13 matches that season, picking 8 wickets. He scored 50 runs at a strike rate of 135.14.
3. Scott Bolland
A tall, well-built Australian, Scott Bolland was bought by Rising Pune Supergiant in a bid to bolster their fast-bowling department. Though, he got the opportunity to bowl in only 2 matches before Adam Zampa replaced him in the playing XI.
He made his IPL debut against Mumbai Indians but went wicketless. In his second game against Delhi Capitals, he picked two crucial wickets of Sanju Samson and Carlos Brathwaite.
2. Peter Handscomb
Looking at his technique and style of play, Peter Handscomb doesn’t offer much to T20 cricket. However, he still got a chance to play for Rising Pune Supergiant in 2015 edition of IPL. He played two games that season and got to bat in the game against Mumbai Indians. He scored 6 runs off 12 balls before Harbhajan Singh got the better of him.
- Ashok Dinda :
Fast bowler from Bengal, Ashok Dinda doesn’t have a great reputation as far as the IPL is concerned. In his IPL career, he has taken 69 wickets in 78 matches at an economy of 8.20.
He played his last season in IPL for Rising Pune Supergiant. In 12 games, he made 12 scalps at an economy of 8.64. After Rising Pune Supergiant exited from the league, Dinda could not earn an IPL deal.