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Dhoni sees silver lining in CLT20 exit

Despite defending champions Chennai Super Kings' early ouster from the Champions League T20, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has called it a "blessing in disguise" ahead of the Indian team's important ODI series against England which begins at Hyderabad on October 14.


Relieved: Dhoni finally gets rest!

"That's the only blessing in disguise, a few days off, not that we have earned it, but a bit of rest will help us," Dhoni said after his team suffered a 46-run defeat against New South Wales on Tuesday.

Apart from skipper Dhoni, Chennai teammates Suresh Raina and R Ashwin are the other two Indians in the 15-man squad for the first two one-dayers to face England.

Meanwhile, David Warner smashed a blistering unbeaten 69-ball 135 as 2009 champions New South Wales posted an imposing 201-2 against Chennai. In reply, Chennai were bowled out for 155 with seven balls to spare.
 
"Getting 200 became a difficult task when our big-hitters departed," Dhoni said on CSK's defeat.

Dhoni's workload since World Cup
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  16 T20 matches for CSK in IPL Season-4
*  Three Tests in West Indies
*  Four Tests in England
*  Two first-class matches in England, few List A games
*  One-off T20I in England
*  Five ODIs in England
*  Four T20s in CLT20

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