Indian Premier League 2011 April 6, 2011

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

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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...

  • 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.

  • on April 7, 2011, 5:15 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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...

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

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

  • 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.

  • on April 7, 2011, 5:15 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • on April 6, 2011, 21:19 GMT

    Srinath,News is that CSK have signed Tharanga, so most probably he will be opening till Hussey's return. Then Hussey will be opening I believe.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 6, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    Flemming had always been a very good logical thinking captain. He has lead Black Caps without super stars in major tournament very well. I am sure he with Dhoni would definitely lead CS to another title whoever is in the team. I am very exited about Randiv and want to see how he goes as he would be the replacement for Murali in the National Team. GO CS GO.

  • espncric123 on April 6, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    Interesting to see if Dhoni can deliver the same results this time with lesser talented team as against the likes or Murali, Balaji, Hayden.

  • on April 6, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    I am curious to see who will open the innings with Vijay (now that we don't have Hayden, Parthiv Patel and Hussey joining late). Saha? Aniruddha?

  • ArishaG on April 6, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Glad to see all the 'foreign' players suddenly be so excited and all pumped up about the money making extravaganza otherwise known as IPL.

    Funny how many of them groaned and moaned about playing inthe sub continent when they toured with their respective countries citing weather/food/playing conditions etc etc.

  • tones765 on April 6, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    Still looks a really good team and glad chennai went for retention rather than buying a whole new set of players. Murali and hayden will be sorely missed!

    But injuries to bollinger,hilfenhaus and bravo are a big blow.

    Also, hussey isnt available for the first 6 matches i guess.

    As for the current team, my initial playig XI would be,

    A Mukund, M Vijay, S Raina, S Badri, MS Dhoni, F Du Plessis, A Morkel, S Randiv, R Ashwin, T Southee, YoMahesh

    I would love to see ashwin bowling in tandem with randiv, as i believe these two guys are the future for their nations and Yomahes is a better bowler than tyagi whilst on current form, du plesis pips out styris and southee pips kulasekarra.

    The opener with vijay is a concern, there are only 3 options : A Mukund, G Vgnesh or A Srikkanth. Vignesh is a hitter and Srikkanth is not that great a talent in my opinion. Mukund is a young and a good prospect with loads of runs in ranji..He gets my vote.This would be my team against kolkata.

  • mrmonty on April 6, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    Now that playing for pride (supposedly) is over, let the greed games begin.

  • on April 6, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    tie a match. we ll surely win the cup.

  • on April 6, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    Mumbai Indians gonna win IPL-4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • damnhomie_1 on April 6, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    Ok seriously for a second I actually got excited that its CSK vs KKr, so I would get to c Ganguly in action after so long but alas. Shame on the owners of KKR

  • on April 6, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    Why no one talked about Matthew Hayden? He is a great player and surely Chennai will miss him alot... :(

  • zn264 on April 6, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    Gess, I'm having cricket with drawls since the world cup ended, can't wait for the IPL to kick off!!! Looking forward to Pig and Timmy getting amongst it, go CSK. Flem your the man.

  • hawkeye70 on April 6, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    Balaji's loss is actually a gain for CSK - he is truly awful. Murali is also hardly a threat these days so CSK are looking good in spite of these team movements.

  • on April 6, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    give GANAPATHY VIGNESH , the ICL hero , a chance to showcase his talents in the mega event.... sure he ll live up to the expectations....

  • MahanBharat on April 6, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    If you are true cricket fan, thn post on ICC page forcing them to have atleast 14 teams in WC. Just say we want 14+ teams. We Want minimum 14 Teams in 2015 and 16 Teams in 2019 and 20 Teams in 2023. No, this is not right, we should have atleast 14+ teams always in world cup, we should try to do it like soccer. More nations means more fun and for got sake its world cup, don't make it only main 10 teams. Shame on ICC for not including non Test playing nations.

  • ssenthil on April 6, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    All the Best CSK. You only Miss Murali, Who now became Ineffective anyway but look at the additions, You have got another off spinner Randiv, who replaced Murali in his National team and you have got Tim Southee who is a exceptional seamer and you have got few All rounder like Scot Styris, Francois du Plessis and Dwayne Bravo(He is in Doubt though) were simply better than the likes of Kemp.

    I must admit, you have got a Better Squad than any other team and the inclusion of Ganapathy Vignesh, who is handy with both Bat and Ball as he proved a lot in ICL. He is any day better than Balaji for T20's.

    Never mind if you can't retain, let some other team to win it. But I expect to reach Semi Final atleast (This time it's Qualifier 1 and 2). Expecting a Great Start to this Season.

  • on April 6, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Those were the times, when a league would have been a build up to the world cup :)

  • fkauser on April 6, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    This year is for KKR so keep dreaming Dhoni :)

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  • fkauser on April 6, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    This year is for KKR so keep dreaming Dhoni :)

  • on April 6, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Those were the times, when a league would have been a build up to the world cup :)

  • ssenthil on April 6, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    All the Best CSK. You only Miss Murali, Who now became Ineffective anyway but look at the additions, You have got another off spinner Randiv, who replaced Murali in his National team and you have got Tim Southee who is a exceptional seamer and you have got few All rounder like Scot Styris, Francois du Plessis and Dwayne Bravo(He is in Doubt though) were simply better than the likes of Kemp.

    I must admit, you have got a Better Squad than any other team and the inclusion of Ganapathy Vignesh, who is handy with both Bat and Ball as he proved a lot in ICL. He is any day better than Balaji for T20's.

    Never mind if you can't retain, let some other team to win it. But I expect to reach Semi Final atleast (This time it's Qualifier 1 and 2). Expecting a Great Start to this Season.

  • MahanBharat on April 6, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    If you are true cricket fan, thn post on ICC page forcing them to have atleast 14 teams in WC. Just say we want 14+ teams. We Want minimum 14 Teams in 2015 and 16 Teams in 2019 and 20 Teams in 2023. No, this is not right, we should have atleast 14+ teams always in world cup, we should try to do it like soccer. More nations means more fun and for got sake its world cup, don't make it only main 10 teams. Shame on ICC for not including non Test playing nations.

  • on April 6, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    give GANAPATHY VIGNESH , the ICL hero , a chance to showcase his talents in the mega event.... sure he ll live up to the expectations....

  • hawkeye70 on April 6, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    Balaji's loss is actually a gain for CSK - he is truly awful. Murali is also hardly a threat these days so CSK are looking good in spite of these team movements.

  • zn264 on April 6, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    Gess, I'm having cricket with drawls since the world cup ended, can't wait for the IPL to kick off!!! Looking forward to Pig and Timmy getting amongst it, go CSK. Flem your the man.

  • on April 6, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    Why no one talked about Matthew Hayden? He is a great player and surely Chennai will miss him alot... :(

  • damnhomie_1 on April 6, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    Ok seriously for a second I actually got excited that its CSK vs KKr, so I would get to c Ganguly in action after so long but alas. Shame on the owners of KKR

  • on April 6, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    Mumbai Indians gonna win IPL-4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!