'Indians not wary of S.A conditions': Dhoni

Published: Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 16:46 [IST]
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'Indians not wary of S.A pitches'

Indian captain MS Dhoni has said that the Indian cricketers are no longer worried about playing in South African pitches after the Champions League Twenty20 tournament.

Dhoni said that playing in South African conditions is no more alien in nature for the senior Indian players.

"Most of our players played here during the second edition of IPL and now also in the Champions League Twenty20.

"The experience of playing on these pitches has been invaluable," Dhoni said. The Indians will be touring South Africa later this year.

The Indian players in the Chennai Super Kings ranks such as top-order batsmen Murali Vijay (294 runs) and Suresh Raina showed their mettle in the league games, as did spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who emerged as the highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 13 wickets.

Dhoni described Ashwin as an "aggressive character" who is up for any challenge.

"He is a very smart bowler who does not need much guidance and knows what is expected of him," Dhoni said, adding that he believed Ashwin would be a key player in the South African tour.

However despite the CSK's recent success in the Champions League 2010 and IPL 3, Dhoni is bound to lose some of his key members of the successful CSK side during auction in the next edition of the IPL.

"After being together for three years, the core won't remain the same as few of the players will play for different teams. That's why we badly wanted to win this tournament.


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