Playing without donning CSK jersey was emotional: Dhoni

Playing without donning CSK jersey was emotional: Dhoni
M.S Dhoni captain of Rising Pune Supegiants during the opening night of the Vivo Indian Premier League ( IPL ) 2016 held at The Dome in Mumbai, India on the 8th April 2016 Photo by Rahul Gulati/ IPL/ SPORTZPICS

Mumbai: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, captaining debutants Pune Supergiants in the ninth season of IPL, on April 10 said he felt emotional while stepping into the field in their Indian Premier League (IPL) opener against Mumbai Indians without wearing the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) jersey.

Dhoni skippered CSK for eight seasons since the inception of IPL and is leading Pune after the Chennai-based franchise was suspended for two years due to a betting and spot-fixing scandal.

“As I said it was, I knew I would play for the Pune team but the actual moment comes when you start walking with the team-sheet in your hand till that point of time its only practice and everything,” Dhoni told reporters here.

“It was a very emotional moment…since I have started playing T20 cricket represented the Indian cricket team, Jharkhand team in few tournaments and CSK for eight years, so it was a emotional moment not to see myself in yellow.”

“But at the same time as professionals, we have to move ahead and also not to prove to anyone but to prove a point to myself that I am making sure whatever I gave in for CSK, I am not leaving any inch that I am not giving for the Pune team,” he added. (Agencies)