Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today conceded that he became emotional after guiding his side to the IPL semifinals with an unbeaten 54 against Kings XI Punjab here.
Dhoni, who rarely show emotion on cricket field, tried to be his normal self even as his team-mates ran from the dug out and hugged him one by one after he guided Chennai to a six-wicket victory.
But after that he was seen yelling to himself as if releasing the pent-up emotions after masterminding a thrilling victory, besides also sealing a semifinal berth for his side.
"It was an emotional moment. Your franchise pays so much money for you, you should at least make the semifinals. After that you can say it is a lottery," Dhoni said after the match.
"With the kind of franchise we have got, the kind of team we have, we should have made it to the semifinals before this game. So it was an emotional moment, at least for me," he added.
Dhoni said S Badrinath (53) and Suresh Raina (46) were the ones who have set up the win but at the same time did not shy away from describing himself a player who flourishes under pressure.
"It's a tough game. You can't always perform, but if you perform in big games, you get that tag of being the pressure player. But the fact is Raina and Badrinath set up the chase," said Dhoni who was adjudged man of the match for his 29-ball 54 which ensured that Chennai chased down 193 target with two balls spare.
It was familiar sight for Kings XI Punjab this IPL season -- another chance of victory went abegging -- and captain Kumar Sanagakkara conceded that.
"We needed to get our yorkers right, but wasn't to be. Boys worked hard, but couldn't close it off. We have had patches of great batting, great bowling, bad bowling, bad batting.
"That kind of season. It's been a privilege to play for Kings XI Punjab, a privilege to play in front of these crowds," he said.