Apart from getting the right mix of players for a better performance than their last outing in the Indian Premier League, Rising Pune Supergiant have also tinkered with their team name for the upcoming tenth edition of the cash-rich T20 competition.
The tenth edition of Indian Premier League is just around the corner and teams have started their preparations for glory in the cash-rich league. Players have been started to board India to assemble in the team camps.
The team owners of RSP have decided to rename their team’s name and remove ‘S’ from their last name ‘Supergiants’. Thus, now it reads Rising Pune Supergiant. The team has also renamed their Twitter handle with the new name.
The reason for dropping the ‘s’ from Supergiant, however, has nothing to do with any superstitious belief.
The team’s spokesperson told HT,
“There is no superstition behind calling ourselves Supergiant now. Last year when he called ourselves Supergiants, we were looking at four to five players in the squad who had supergiant abilities. While we were preparing for this IPL, we thought why just a few players, the entire team is supergiant. So, that is why we decided to go with Supergiant this time.”
The team had MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith, R Ashwin and Kevin Pietersen in the previous season, but they were unable to compete with oppositions and finished second last after winning the wooden spoon encounter against KXIP, who eventually ended at last place in the point table.
“Last season, the focus was solely on the five core players, but that strategy didn’t work out. With the team not doing well and matches shifted from Pune, the stakes were hugely affected. This time, the focus is to improve the business propositions as well,”
– A reputed source said.
Source: Hindustan Times.