In that season, Smith led the Pune squad which had Dhoni in the side as Chennai Super Kings were serving a two-year ban from the competition. Smith-led RPSG narrowly missed out on the title that season by just one run.
“It was a great experience being able to captain him, but also very daunting as well,” Smith told Star Sports.
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Recalling his experiences of captaining the RPS and how Dhoni played a big role in that season, Smith said: “When I got the call to say that they wanted me to captain, it was a little bit daunting. But that season, MSD was just wonderful. You know, he helped in any way that he could and he’s a terrific guy.”
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Smith also spoke on the emotions he went through when he was picked as the captain of the RPS team and how he felt leading a side with Dhoni in it.
“Yeah, I didn’t really know what to expect initially, you know, MS had captained every team he played for, obviously throughout the IPL with Chennai, every season should I say.
“But yeah, when they came and asked me, I was a little bit shocked at first, and then I didn’t really know what to say. It was like, have you spoken to MS about this? This is a little bit strange from my side, but after we sorted everything out, MS was just wonderful.
“And the way he helped me and helped guide that team that year was incredible. And yeah, I couldn’t thank him enough.”
Smith said he was bouncing ideas off Dhoni.
“He was someone that I was bouncing ideas off. You know, being behind the stumps, he’s got a great, great view of the game. He understands the angles really well and obviously playing in India also, you know, it’s his home and he understands those conditions as well as anyone would.”
The Australian further spoke about what he has been able to learn and emulate from Dhoni over the years.
“I think just the calmness that MS shows, we saw it throughout his career, just how calm he was. It didn’t look like he was flustered by any emotions or anything like that.
“And that’s certainly something that I’ve taken in not just in that season, but just watching him go about his business in the prior years, just how calm and relaxed he was. And you know, at times I can get quite agitated and things like that.
“So you know, I have to try and keep myself as calm and as sort of level headed as I can. And yeah, that’s certainly something that I learned off of MS.”
(With inputs from PTI)