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Chennai Super Kings will be hard to beat once at their peak, says Faf du Plessis

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Apr 25, 2014

South African Twenty20 (T20) captain, Faf Du Plessis believes his team Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will be hard to beat once they are in full-flow in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014.

“We can take a lot of confidence from last night’s [Wednesday night] victory against Rajasthan Royals. It was a tight game, but it is very important for us to get through and make sure that we win,” Du Plessis said in an interview with Gulf News.

“Now it is looking good with two wins from three games. We are now playing about 70 to 80 per cent at the moment, but still winning. And if we start putting everything together, then we are going to be unstoppable.”

With the departure of Murali Vijay and Michael Hussey from the top order, Du Plessis has some added responsibility on his shoulder. He has been with Chennai for three seasons now and hasn’t been able to fire with the bat in this edition.

He further added that Chennai are eager to defeat rivals Mumbai Indians, who have lost their opening two games in the IPL.

“Chennai-Mumbai clashes are always really big games. Over the last six years, these two have been the two big franchises and it’s always been a huge rivalry between us. We wanted to beat them very badly every time we play them.”

Du Plessis was astonished to the amount of support Chennai are getting in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and felt like they were playing at their home ground in Chennai.

“I have played for South Africa against Pakistan in Tests and one-dayers in the UAE. The crowds were very small. I came here thinking that I’d get similar crowds, but they have been amazing. It feels like playing back in Chennai.

“We are lucky because we have got one of the best support bases. It is nice to be playing for Chennai as we are having a great relationship with the fans.”

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