| Mahendra Singh Dhoni and coach Stephen Fleming, in Ranchi, on Wednesday. (PTI) |
Calcutta: Be sure of a packed house when Mahendra Singh Dhoni plays his first Twenty20 game in front of his home crowd, at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi, where the Chennai Super Kings begin their Champions League T20 campaign, on Sunday, against Titans.
Under Dhoni’s leadership, the Super Kings have an enviable record in the IPL and also won the CLT20 in 2010. But the previous edition wasn’t a satisfying one as they failed to make it even to the last-four stage.
On this occasion, though, with the skipper himself coming back refreshed and particularly, after leading India to a Champions Trophy triumph, his battalion would certainly be raring to go out and pile on the agony for their rivals.
“Like always, we will play as a team and to our full potential. It’s very important to play as a team,” Dhoni said during a media-conference, here, on Wednesday.
The next few days would be crucial to his team’s preparations, Dhoni stressed.
“As a team, we would try and make use of the practice sessions that we have before our first game, because we have not had a lot of time to train.
“Hopefully, the weather should get better in the days to come so that we can play some good practice matches,” he explained.
Dhoni has been in Ranchi for a while, with the rest of the members of the Super Kings squad arrived in batches on Tuesday and Wednesday. “I have been in Ranchi for quite some time now, but the team had come a few days back.
“Some of the members joined yesterday, while the rest have joined today (Wednesday),” he said.
The skipper was also queried on his riding bike without security, which gave tense moments to Jharkhand police.
Dhoni, however, clarified said he did not want to disturb the policemen so early in the morning when the roads are empty. “Security was not necessary as the roads were empty. Ranchi is my home and I feel secure anytime here.
“Carcades will only unnecessarily disturb people and police,” was his straightforward reply.
On the other hand, coach Stephen Fleming believes the Super Kings have an edge over their opponents as they have a better knowledge of the conditions.
“The key thing from an Indian side’s perspective is that we do not change too much. The challenge is for overseas teams. They need to get adjusted to the conditions fast,” Fleming said.