Despite being world No.1 bowler in T20Is, Imran Tahir went unsold in the IPL players’ auction, but got a timely call to get included in Rising Pune Supergiant franchise.

The South African legspinner didn’t disappoint by returning with figures of 3 for 28 in Pune’s first match of IPL season 10 against Mumbai Indians on Thursday.

Tahir gave Pune crucial breakthroughs after Mumbai got off to fluent start, by removing Parthiv Patel, Rohit Sharma and Jos Buttler. (IPL 2017: Full coverage)

Speaking to, Tahir said he was really pleased with his performance in his first match of IPL 2017, especially after going unsold at the auction.

“I’m really grateful to God and my family,especially my wife, for supporting me. I was quite low when I went unsold in the auction, but life goes on. I came here to prove myself again and my job is to perform whenever given an opportunity. Really pleased with my performance and looking forward to the upcoming challenges,” Tahir said.

On MS Dhoni standing behind the stumps when he is running into bowl, Tahir said: “I have a lot of respect for MS Dhoni, not only because of what he has done for his country and himself, but also because he is one of the nicest guys around. I had a few conversations with him in the practice sessions, but I did not enjoy bowling to him since he hit me for a couple of sixes (laughs). He has been very helpful to me and his advise is something that I would keep taking. I’m pretty excited to play alongside Dhoni.”

Pune started their season 10 campaign by beating Mumbai Indians in their first match.