MS Dhoni (left) and Ravindra Jadeja have played alongside each other for the Chennai Super Kings between since 2012 © PTI
MS Dhoni (left) and Ravindra Jadeja have played alongside each other for the Chennai Super Kings between since 2012 © PTI

Rajkot: Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who will be pitted against his former Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni in the Indian Premier League (IPL), believes bowling to India’s limited overs captain will be a big challenge. Dhoni and Jadeja were playing for CSK but after yesterday’s IPL draft, the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman will head to Pune while the left-arm spinner will move to Rajkot, his home-side for the ninth edition of the T20 League. When asked about his feeling to bowl against Dhoni, the left-handed all-rounder said, “It’s a big challenge to bowl against Dhoni, particularly in shorter version of the game, as Dhoni has proved himself as a best finisher of the game, but I will do my level best to perform well”.

The 27-year-old cricketer also hopes to play to his potential in the cash-rich league, which commences on April 9 at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. “It’s a different kind of feeling which can not be expressed while playing for home team and I hope that I would be doing well in the IPL,” he said.

“I have been selected in the Rajkot team as a good player and there is a chance for me to go further if I could play good cricket in coming IPL season,” said Jadeja, who initially played for Rajasthan Royals (RR).

The two new franchises of Pune and Rajkot have replaced CSK and RR for the next two editions (2016 and 2017) of India’s showpiece Twenty20 league. While Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane are among the players to move to Team Pune, Jadeja was picked by Rajkot alongside Suresh Raina (another long-time CSK team-mate of Dhoni’s), Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo and James Faulkner.