IPL news February 15, 2016

'I'd be lying if I say I've moved on' - Dhoni

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'Feels very different' to play for another team - Dhoni

MS Dhoni has admitted to feeling "a little different" when asked about the prospect of representing a new franchise in the IPL after eight years of association with Chennai Super Kings.

"I would be lying if I say I have moved on," Dhoni was quoted as saying by PTI at the jersey launch of his new team, the Rising Pune Supergiants. "That is the special part of being a human being. There has got to be an emotional connect after eight years (with CSK). After eight years of IPL, it feels very different to play for any other team.

"All of a sudden if you want me to say that I am very excited to play for a new team, don't give credit to CSK and the fans for the love and affection they have given us, it will be wrong. But as a professional, I would like to thank the Pune team for taking me. Of course there will be added responsibility as captain but as a professional we are supposed to do the job with more than 100% commitment. And that is what we will try to do."

The one relationship he is happy to continue from his days with the Super Kings, though, is his working partnership with Stephen Fleming, who was named head coach last month. "The life becomes slightly easy with him around. We know each other for long time," he said. "He is a fantastic coach. His management skills are very good. What I really like is that he is calm like me. It is good to have him and hopefully it will work for us."

Dhoni said while he would miss playing alongside his core group of players like Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and Brendon McCullum at Pune, the two new teams had to put that behind them and quickly get into their groove with the new set of players to negate the settled advantage the six existing franchises possess.

"There are a lot of players we will miss," he said. "We were together for eight years, our core group was the same. We were so consistent and our strength was that we played as a team. We have taken some former CSK players but then at the auction, the two new teams were expected to do most of the buying. If you look at the six other franchisees, they have a settled lot. Therefore, the pressure will be on the new franchise."

As the questions drifted towards a few of his own personnel, Dhoni said every player in the setup will be given a role, even as he deflected suggestions over having difficulties in managing a player like Kevin Pietersen. "Every player will have a role in the team. There is a basic way every cricketer plays," he said. "KP is fantastic, somebody who is aggressive and expressive on the field. Not only has that, he like other seniors, had an added responsibility to groom the youngsters."

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  • dhawz on March 29, 2016, 4:56 GMT

    Wake me up when CSK is back. Not even remotely interested in the IPL without my team.

  • Vilander on February 19, 2016, 4:22 GMT

    CSK forvever. Bye Bye IPL

  • OttawaRocks on February 18, 2016, 16:30 GMT

    Dhoni is the consummate professional. Definitely someone you want your children to aspire to - for the class he shows both on and off the field.

  • 11_Warrior on February 18, 2016, 11:44 GMT

    @SAJ_RANA, good morning, how are you doing..

  • Saj_Rana on February 18, 2016, 9:29 GMT

    Why is Dhoni not playing in CSK??

  • leatherhunters on February 18, 2016, 7:20 GMT

    CSK the best international T20 team on any day on any wicket against any opposition. CSK are the windies of 80s and Aus of 90s. Brand CSK lives.

  • THEBEAST7 on February 18, 2016, 7:03 GMT

    Cant wait to see MAXI VS ASHWIN! wonder who will win this time. I will have my money on .........

  •   Yogi Ram on February 18, 2016, 6:59 GMT

    It's honest comments like these from Dhoni which make him respect all the very more time and time again. More than Pune or Chennai or any other city, I am eager to see what Dhoni will do this time to Indian team's contribution. Look what Ashish Nehra has become. He has once again become a regular atleast in the T20 formats after being with CSK (and he has been a good pick so far). I wish Dhoni's energy and fighting attitude rubs on to RP Singh this time in Pune and we can hope to see him also in the Indian team. Remember, RP can be one of the best left armers when in full flow. All the best Dhoni

  • prem_smily on February 17, 2016, 20:09 GMT

    just in another 2 yr time u will be back to yellow Jersey Dhoni will wait for u skipper

  •   Deepak Mariyappa on February 17, 2016, 5:38 GMT

    @BENGAL-TIGERS-ROAR You forgot one thing, Dhoni "is comfortable in any zone".

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