MS Dhoni was pleased as punch with his Rising Pune Supergiants’ effort in their debut game as they crushed the defending champions Mumbai Indians by nine wickets at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Saturday night. (Match Highlights | Report)Dhoni had a special praise for his trusted opener Ajinkya Rahane, who hit 66 not out off 42 balls, to help Pune get off to a bright start in the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League.”The start was important. I’ve always felt that Rahane is brilliant when the ball comes on. He’s someone who plays traditional shots. Good to see him finish it off,” Dhoni said in the post-match presentation ceremony. (Also read: Dhoni prefers the new Ashwin over his old warhorse)The special praise from the captain comes after Rahane’s slow knock in the the World T20 semi-final against the West Indies was criticised following India’s ouster from the tournament.While praising his team’s bowlers, Dhoni also said he “couldn’t have asked for a better start” to the tournament.”Credit to the bowlers. Yes, the pitch had a bit in it for the fast bowlers but they stuck to their lines. Once they were a few wickets down, they had to change their tactics which played to our advantage,” Dhoni said.Man of the Match Rahane said he felt the importance of the knock.”I felt that it was important to time the ball. It was stopping a bit so it was important for me to take some time early on and finish the job. The pitch was two paced, not what we usually get at the Wankhede.advertisement”In the first six overs, the ball was moving a lot. They are all world-class players. All match-winners and we try to learn things from them,” Rahane said.Rohit slams batsmenLosing skipper Rohit Sharma was not a happy man after his team’s poor showing in the opening encounter of the new season.”Pitch looked okay. We didn’t bat well to be honest. 121 is never going to be enough against a batting lineup like Pune. Lot to learn from this game. Never thought the ball would do that much having played a lot of cricket here. They swung it a lot and our shot selection wasn’t great,” Rohit said.Rohit, however, said he will take positives from this game as they face Kolkata Knight Riders next at Eden Gardens.”Hopefully we’ll go back and come with a positive frame of mind. We go to Kolkata from here where we have good memories – we have won 2 titles there. It’s just the start of the tournament, no need to panic,” Rohit added.