Dhoni sees silver lining in CLT20 exit

Oct 06, 2011, 08:10 IST | Agencies

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.

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.


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"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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