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Chennai Super Kings will miss Murali: Dhoni

April 06, 2011 17:01 IST

Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni expressed happiness over the composition of his IPL squad following the January auction, with the core of last season's victorious team retained and a few players added.

"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 is what is very important," he told reporters, ahead of CSK's match against Kolkata Knight Riders, in the lung opener of the Indian Premier League's fourth season.

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"It is very similar to the one we had last season -- to which a few additions have been made. We're hoping it will perform to fulfill the potential that we have," he said, at the press conference to kick-start CSK's IPL season.

Chennai Super Kings after winning last season's IPLDhoni said he has seen players struggle with injuries in the IPL, but if "everyone is fit and all 24 players are available for selection, it's a very good side".

In January's IPL auction, CSK retained Dhoni, Suresh Raina, local player Murali Vijay and South African Albie Morkel.

Among their important new acquisitions were Morkel's compatriot and right-hand bat Francois du Plessis, West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, Australia pacer Ben Hilfenhaus and Sri Lanka spinner Suraj Randiv.

They recently signed up Kiwi seamer Tim Southee, who was a sensation in the World Cup, claiming 18 wickets.

"We have (Murali) Vijay to start off and Badri(nath) is there, me, (Suresh) Raina, Albie (Morkel)... du Plessis is the one who's come in. Scott Styris is an all-rounder. I think we have quite a few players who can take runs when it really matters. Michael Hussey will also be joining us shortly," said Dhoni, who led India to the World Cup triumph last week.

CSK won both the IPL and Champions League Twenty20 last year under Dhoni's captaincy.

Dhoni, however, said the team will miss off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who they lost to Kochi after a fierce bidding war in the IPL auction.

"Murali is a great cricketer, a very good influence in the dressing room, with plenty of ideas. We'll definitely miss him, but we all knew it would be difficult to retain all our players in the auction. We'll also miss other key players, such as (Laxmipathy) Balaji who joined other teams," Dhoni said.

Asked what his next goal is, having already won the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup, 2011 50-over World Cup and taking India to the number one Test ranking, Dhoni said, "I don't mind repeating everything!"

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