Imran Tahir was picked by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in IPL 2018 for Rs 1 crore.
Tahir says it is a privilege to play for the two times IPL winners, “I feel very blessed and privileged to be a part of the most valued team in the Indian Premier League and to be playing alongside star cricketers like MS Dhoni."
The South African cricketer credits CSK's team management for the performance. He thinks the combination has been fruitful for the team.
“The right combination of players, coaching staff, especially (Head Coach) Stephen Fleming, and the leader of the team Dhoni bhai... as a unit Chennai Super Kings’ performances have been consistent over the years,” added Tahir.
He didn't miss fans on his list. “Not to forget the fans who give us that extra boost whenever we need,” Tahir said. “Twenty20 format is very popular globally as it appeals to everyone. There is loads of entertainment and unique branding in the IPL... fans enjoy watching the best cricketing talent from around the globe and locally."
Tahir was part of Rising Pune Supergiants in IPL 2017 and played with Dhoni.
The leggie had a decent season last year. “Tahir is a wicket-taking bowler who was impressive for Rising Pune Supergiant in the last IPL,” said KS Viswanathan, CEO, Chennai Super Kings. “Wrist spinners are making a huge impact in shorter formats and we feel Tahir’s presence will give us an edge.”