Former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming, who is also the coach of the new Indian Premier League franchise Rising Pune Supergiants, said he was looking forward to working with Mahendra Singh Dhoni again.Fleming had a successful six-year tenure with the suspended IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings in which he won the title twice and the Champions League T20 as many times. “I love watching Dhoni play. He is a wonderful player. People talk a lot about his captaincy but his leadership by example is very strong. That has always been overshadowed with his retirement talks. You will know he is a wonderful player if you look at some of the games he has won for his country,” Fleming said in an exclusive interview to India Today. (IPL 2016 Full Coverage) A lot has been said about the combination of Dhoni and Fleming, who made CSK one of the most successful teams in the eight-year history of the league. The New Zealander heaped praise on Dhoni’s humility and said the way the Indian skipper conducted himself was a lesson to learn for other cricketers. (Also read: Ravichandran Ashwin wants Kevin Pietersen to fire for Rising Pune Supergiants) “Dhoni is pretty cool. I admire his humility, he has done some amazing things for his country. He has won World Cups, he has played some unbelievable innings and led the team extremely well. The way he conducts himself is a lesson for everybody,” Fleming said. (Also read: Confident Jasprit Bumrah is an asset to Mumbai Indians, says Shane Bond) advertisement’Pune will be competitive’Fleming said he was wary of the difficulties of starting from scratch with a new franchise and competing with well settled units in the league. Pune take on defending champions Mumbai Indians in the season opener at the Wankhede Stadium tomorrow. (Also read: Indian Premier League 2016: No Chennai flavour this summer) “One of the biggest challenges is starting a new franchise, it will take a little bit of time to build bonds. We will rely on natural talent for the first couple of games. The side is very skillful, I have no doubt that we will be competitive,” he said.Pietersen excitedOut-of-favour England batsman, Kevin Pietersen, who will be plying his trade with Dhoni’s Supergiants, said he was always excited to play in front of the big crowds in India.”Indian public’s support for the Indian Premier League has been fantastic. Players want to perform in big stadiums in front of large number of people. You get the buzz and excitement when you come and play in front of fifty thousand people,” he said.Pietersen also credited IPL for helping players from different countries gel well with each other. He also said that the lucrative league has diminished the home advantage for India.”IPL gives you ability to mix with players from different countries. IPL gave the opportunity for players to come together and lose the fear of opposition. It helped foreign players get acquainted with Indian conditions as well. And this has made it difficult for India to beat foreign teams at home,” he said.The 35-year-old batsman, who is reaching the twilight of his career, said he had always enjoyed grooming young talents in the franchises he had played for across the globe.”After you’ve played a certain amount of cricket, when you career is coming to the twighlight, it is your responsibility to hand over as much information to the youngsters and watch them, enjoy them performing for the next ten years,” he said.Ishant ready for additional responsibilityPacer Ishant Sharma who will also be playing for Pune this year said he was not worried about being left out of the limited-overs teams and said he will take the responsibility of leading the team’s bowling attack this season.”I will take additional responsibility on my own. When you’re going in, you have to perform well for yourself and for your team as well. It doesn’t matter if I am going to play for India or for Pune Supergiants,” Ishant said.