Speaking to the fans during the opening ceremony of the second edition of the TNPL in Chennai, Dhoni congratulated CSK for their return to the cash-rich league and also spoke about how the colour yellow is special to the former India skipper.
"I don't think it can get any better. The crowd has been fantastic. They have given unconditional love and affection... I always say Chennai is my second home. I think the yellow is pretty special and I think we have done well in the yellow. I would definitely like to congratulate CSK for their return and next year you will be watching them play here. The long wait is over," Dhoni said.
Dhoni also spoke about how the fan following has grown for the franchise even though the team has been serving a two-year suspension. In fact, it was also evident as CSK fans supported Rising Pune Supergiant because Dhoni was playing for them in the last two editions of the IPL.
"We were not here for two years, but our fan following has grown in the last two years. They have stayed with us and the love and affection was always there. It will get amplified when CSK return to play their first game over here," Dhoni said.
Apart from the success that Dhoni achieved with CSK, Chennai has also been special whenever the former skipper has played for India at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. In fact, Dhoni hit his only double hundred in Test cricket at the same venue against Australia in 2013.
"Not only as a franchisee player but even when we have come here with the Indian team, the love and affection have been terrific over the years. The support has been fantastic even when we were going through a lean patch in a game and needed some outstanding performance from an individual, the support has always been there," he added.
Post his heart-warming speech, Dhoni spoke about his unorthodox method of hitting big sixes. "I try to watch the ball and go against orthodox form of cricket which says hold it lightly. I try to hold it a bit firmly and I don't look to hit big sixes. What I look for is a good connection. I hit big sixes in practice but in the matches, it is more flat. I don't get lot of elevation," he revealed.
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First Published: July 24, 2017, 2:11 PM IST