Indian Premier League 2011 April 6, 2011

'World Cup best build-up for IPL' - Fleming

ESPNcricinfo staff

The IPL closely following the World Cup has meant that the franchises' squads have not had much time to prepare as a unit, but Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming said that it also means the players can hit the ground running.

"With most of our players being in action during the World Cup, lack of match practice will not be an issue," he said. "Playing the best teams in the world and on our home grounds is the best build-up any player could hope for. We are quietly confident of our prospects. Our core team remains the same, so we look forward to another successful run [Chennai are the defending champions]."

Captain MS Dhoni also said he is pleased with the team composition, but a lot will depend on players' fitness, with key players like Doug Bollinger and Dwayne Bravo currently on the injured list. "The new team is very good. But I have always maintained it's not about how good the team looks on paper, but how we're doing on the field. If everyone is fit and all 24 players are available for selection, it's a very good side."

Chennai retained Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Albie Morkel and M Vijay from the first three seasons' squad and bought back Michael Hussey, Bollinger, R Ashwin and S Badrinath, among others, during January's auction. New players in the squad include Faf du Plessis, Bravo, Suraj Randiv, Ben Hilfenhaus, Scott Styris and Tim Southee, while the biggest loss remains Muttiah Muralitharan who will play for Kochi this season.

"We have Vijay to start off, and Badri, me, Raina, Albie, Du Plessis … Scott Styris is an allrounder. Michael Hussey [who is in Bangladesh with the Australia team] will also be joining us shortly," Dhoni said. "So I think we have quite a few players who can get runs when it matters. Murali is a great cricketer, a very good influence in the dressing room, with plenty of ideas. We'll definitely miss him. We'll also miss Balaji [who was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders in the auction]."

One player they bought at the auction who will not be available is Australian fast bowler Ben Hilfenhaus, who is out of the tournament with injury, according to the team's website. Tim Southee, who was added to the team after the auction, following his strong show in the World Cup, will take Hilfenhaus' spot in the side.

Chennai play Kolkata in the opening IPL match on April 8 at home.

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  • indianzen on April 8, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    CSK can never loose... its we once again... arrogance...

  • dummy4fb on April 7, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    Where is Matthew Hayden and his mangoose bat?

  • tones765 on April 7, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    @Cricket Dynamos - Completely agree!! This is cricket overload! But the players dont complain cuz they get the money. Besides, you dont see any players opting to take rest, that never happens!! So, its all down to the players really if they have the character to say that this might impact their country's performance and hence will skip the ipl. We will never see that cuz that's ourplayers. Proud of them for bringing national glory but not everyone can overlook these lucrative deals inspite of most of the already being millionaires!

  • harshacc on April 7, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    Players should have had a longer gap to rest and recover.India came back from a tour of SA, played WC and now most folks in that team will play IPL4 and then go to England.While I that playing in IPL is an option and some Australian players skip this, It would help the players maintain their fitness and longevity if these events are spaced out.I know IPL is a regional/Local tournament but since most of the top players do play in it, It would be nice if there could be a place for it in FTP.there should have been a one month gap between WC and IPL

  • minnalmani07 on April 7, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    CSK is the strongest team among all IPL teams.They have dangerous all rounder ganapathi vignesh.

  • dummy4fb on April 7, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    dhoni and co wil rock ... csk wil win....ipl4 belongs to us

  • dummy4fb on April 7, 2011, 2:21 GMT

    World-cup has taken away all news and hype of IPL. Now it has just remained money for players.

  • dummy4fb on April 7, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    In my opinion, CSK are the strongest side among all IPL team !!!. Let us see how they are going to perform even without Bravo, Bolinger and Hussey (Ofcourse Hyden & Murali)

  • PJ25 on April 7, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    Does anyone know what happened to Hayden?? did not look like he was part of the auction etc....

  • Cricket-Dynamos on April 6, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    Well Everything sounds good..But there's one thing everyone are forgetting. IPL starts 6 days after the WC is Over. MS Dhoni has only 3 days in which he needs to spend time with his family friends and he is again back to IPL team and play the First Match of the IPL. Should CSK qualify for the finals under MSD they cannot have a long rest. The reason the WI tour starts in 6 days after the IPL Final and after the WI tour in 11 days again India Tour England...This is burdening the players...Playing for INDIA comes first everything comes next only..Let's thinkh about the players, they bought Glory to the country and now they need some rest...

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