Sanjeev Goenka owned Rising Pune Supergiants (RPSG) today launched its jersey with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who will lead the RPSG.
“After 8 years of IPL, it feels different to lead a different team. I would be lying if I say I have moved on. That is the special part of being a human being. There is got to be an emotional connect after eight years (with CSK).” – Dhoni
“If you want me to be politically correct, that is not how I am. 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 hundred percent commitment. And that is what we will try to do,” – Dhoni
“There are a lot of players we will miss. 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 franchises, they have a settled lot.Therefore, the pressure will be on the new franchise,” – Dhoni
“Every player will have a role in the team. There is a basic way every cricketer plays. KP is fantastic, somebody who is aggressive and expressive on the field. Not only that, he like other seniors, has an added responsibility to groom the youngsters. We will have to wait and watch (about KP’s behaviour) but I don’t think it will be an issue,” – Dhoni
“With the inclusion of Saurabh Tiwary and Albie Morkel it is a balanced side. The more the all-rounders, the better the team. Considering that my team is perfect.” – Dhoni