London: Chennai Super Kings skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, has dubbed Andrew Flintoff as the “best bowler in one-day cricket" ahead of today"s big clash with Kevin Pietersen"s Bangalore Royal Challengers.
The two giants of the English cricket come head-to-head, as Bangalore Royal Challengers take on Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League today.
Having doled out 1.1million pounds a man, both IPL sides are looking for strong performances at Port Elizabeth from the highest-paid cricketers on the planet.
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The pair enjoyed contrasting fortunes in their debuts on Saturday, with Pietersen leading a 75-run win over Shane Warne"s Rajasthan Royals, while Flintoff"s introduction was less enjoyable as Sachin Tendulkar steered Mumbai Indians to a 19-run victory.
But despite the lukewarm start, CSK skipper MS Dhoni claims Flintoff"s hefty pricetag is still justified.
“It"s not about how much of money you are buying a player for, it"s about how important he is or how much he contributes to your side. Flintoff is the kind of guy that you really need. We are talking about the best bowler in one-day cricket right now.
“You pay the money because you want him in the side and how important he is to your side is what really counts," The Sun quoted Flintoff, as saying.
The Lancashire all-rounder also finished the game with an ice-pack on his dodgy left ankle, but Dhoni insists there is nothing to fear.
He added: “I don"t think he"s injured. As far as the playing XI is concerned for the next match, we"ll have a look and re-assess things then."