Dhoni not feeling love for new IPL team yet

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be playing for a new team at this year's Indian Premier League, moving from the Chennai Super Kings to the Rising Pune Supergiants, and says he's having trouble letting go of his old side.

Chennai and the Rajasthan Royals are banned from the tournament for the next two seasons after being found guilty of corruption, so those sides' players had to find new homes. As a result, two new franchises, Pune and the Gujarat Lions, were established – with Pune already finding itself amongst the early favourites in the IPL betting markets to walk away with the title.

Dhoni will captain the Supergiants, and while he is pleased to have found a new hope, he admits he'll miss his yellow kit and the players that came with it, having played for them since the start of the tournament eight seasons ago.

Dhoni said to PTI: "I would be lying if I say I have moved on. 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."

One thing that will help the transition is the fact that CSK coach Stephen Fleming has also moved to the Supergiants, which pleases Dhoni.

He added: "The life becomes slightly easy with him around. We know each other for long time. 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."

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