We have impact players: Dhoni

Chennai: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is upbeat about the chances of his side in the ongoing IPL-VI, 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 here on Thursday, 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 all the aspects, so there is a good bunch of players to look up to. And you have someone like Subramaniam 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 Saturday.

Dhoni said that it was an added advantage to his side that they have some Team India players, who have recently won a Test series against Australia. "We have 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.

Asked if he considers his India teammates as impact players, Dhoni said: "It's not that we don't rely on foreigners... 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 make an impact, so that is a good sign," Dhoni said.

It's barely been 10 days that the Australia Test series has been over, but Dhoni said that the India players in his team are not tired. "Actually, we were not that tired... We had a 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. We are slowly getting into the groove and would work hard and take it forward," he said.


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