Wed, 12 Jan 2011 10:21:54 GMT

‘I will miss Chennai and Dhoni’

He is widely known as the son-in-law of Chennai. Muttaiah Muralitharan not only played 3 years for Chennai Super Kings but also is married to a girl from that city. After the latest IPL auctions, Chennai failed to retain him and now Murali will be playing for Kochi. The wily old fox of spin bowling bid an emotional adieu to one of his favourite cities

‘I will miss Chennai and Dhoni’

Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan says he will miss his previous IPL team Chennai Super Kings and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni but is excited to play for Kochi franchisee, the new entrants in the Twenty20 league.

Muralitharan, who had played a crucial role in CSK's title-triumph in IPL-III and Champions League last year, was been signed up by team Kochi for USD 1.1 million at the two-day auction in Bangalore. "I played with them for three years and have several happy memories with the team. My wife is also from Chennai and she is upset with this change but it happens in the game. I will miss Chennai, my teammates and miraculous captain Dhoni," Muralitharan said.

"Chennai had the excellent captain, a wonderful team and tremendous support. We enjoyed playing for them and last year was memorable in which we won the IPL and Champions league. I have taken a lot of wickets for them," said the veteran, who has 515 ODI and 800 Test wickets in his kitty. "Kochi is a new venture and we will have new captain and new targets. I am quite excited about this. We will start afresh and try to give our best. I hope to have home like atmosphere in Kochi as well. I hope that people will understand my language (Tamil) in Kochi also," he added.

The spin wizard, who took 40 wickets in 40 matches for Chennai in last three seasons, said he wants to extend his IPL career for a few more years. "I want to play IPL for the next two or three more years. I will try to perform with best of my abilities and experience. Team Kochi has put so much faith on me and I will not disappoint them," said the ace off spinner.

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