Home > News >

MS Dhoni upbeat ahead of Chennai Super Kings’s IPL 2013 campaign

MS Dhoni upbeat ahead of Chennai Super Kings's opening tie in IPL 2013

MS Dhoni expects a strong show by his side in this edition as well © PTI

Chennai: Apr 4, 2013
 
Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is upbeat about the chances of his side in the ongoing IPL, saying that he has got an all-round team with some impact players in it.
 
Talking to the media at the launch of CSK merchandise, Dhoni said that the core of the team was intact and he would expect a strong show by his side in this edition also.
 
“We have done pretty well in the all the five editions so far. Our batsmen have contributed to the success of the team. We have got cricketers who cover-up all the aspects so there is a good bunch of players to look up to. And you have someone like S Badrinath who has been so consistent with the bat. So it’s a settled line-up,” he said.
 
CSK have won the title twice and finished runners-up once in the five editions so far and they open their campaign this season with a match against Mumbai Indians at home on April 6.
 
Dhoni said it was an added advantage to his side that they have some India players who have recently won a Test series against Australia.
 
“We have a quite a few players in the squad who have been part of the set up for some time now. Some of the players are coming into the tournament fresh from the series against Australia. So it is good to have players in form,” said the India captain.
 
“You got to keep in mind that Test cricket is different from IPL. But the form of the players would be a big boost,” he said.
 
Asked if he considers his India team-mates as impact players, Dhoni said, “It’s not we don’t rely on foreigners that much. We think Albie (Morkel) can provide the team with some big hits in the middle. At the same time the local players have also done well.
 
“We have [Ravindra] Jadeja who is a talented cricketer. Plus most of the players do play their role to perfection.  Whether it’s openers or spinners they do the work properly. Players like Bravo, Hilfenhaus, Du Plessis have all played a crucial role. And most of the players in the team can create an impact so that is a good sign,” Dhoni said.
 
It’s barely 10 days the Australia Test series was over, but Dhoni said that the India players in his team were not tired.
 
“Actually we were not that tired. We had good practice session to begin with. [Stephen] Fleming [coach] and Co. have been here for the last five days and I had a good session on Wednesday. But certainly we are slowly getting into the groove and would work plenty and take it forward,” he said.
 
Asked is he could bat higher up the order in the IPL, Dhoni said, “Look we have very good top-order batsmen who have played some fantastic cricket with us. They have been doing their job and helping the team with crucial contributions.
 
“Starting from [Murali] Vijay, [Michael] Hussey, [Suresh] Raina, Badrinath all have contributed, so there is no need for me to come up the order. Albie Morkel comes after me and we both are aggressive cricketers so it helps our balance,” he said.

Click here for Schedule & Results
 
Click here for Points Table
 
Click here to read all about IPL 2013

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:30 IST)   at Dhaka

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Hamilton

More

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 72 runs

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test at Dubai

Videos

Amla feels Proteas more acclimatised to conditions

Pakistan eye victory as Australia reel at 59/4 at stumps on Day 4

Suresh Raina gifts Aditya Garhwal an autographed bat

Dwayne Bravo says West Indies pull-out had everybody’s consent

Bangladesh gain upper-hand over Zimbabwe at stumps on Day 1 of 1st Test

David Warner and others with records related to hundreds in consecutive Test innings

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 India New Zealand New Zealand vs South Africa New Zealand vs South Africa 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of New Zealand 2014 South Africa vs New Zealand South Africa vs New Zealand 2014

Duleep Trophy 2014: Central Zone to meet South Zone in final

Pakistan eye victory as Australia reel at 59/4 at stumps on Day 4

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: David Warner admits that Australia is not scared of big targets

Suresh Raina gifts Aditya Garhwal an autographed bat

Dwayne Bravo says West Indies pull-out had everybody’s consent

Younis Khan scores 26th ton to establish Pakistan record

Younis Khan becomes seventh Pakistani cricketer to score two hundreds in a Test

Virat Kohli and others with 20 ODI hundreds

David Warner and others with records related to hundreds in consecutive Test innings

Strangers, Brothers and Cricket— the English novelist CP Snow’s lasting passion for the game

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

642 Posts | 9 Fans

Virat Kohli's Family Meets Anushka Sharma

How to make tamarind or imli packs for hair and skin

Anil Kapoor ropes in a new director for son Harshvardhan’s next?

Apple to merge Beats Music with iTunes next year as music sales fall 14 percent in 2014: WSJ

Top Sex Positions: Frog Princess

Pakistan vs Australia 2014, 1st Test, Day 4: 5 interesting highlights of day’s play

Shah Rukh Khan: I don’t know whether Fan will do Rs 200 crores business or not!

Dear IAF, every smartphone not just Xiaomi could be a security threat

Pakistan vs Australia 2014 1st Test, Day 3 in Pictures

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here