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Wednesday , April 16 , 2014
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Dhoni’s witty answer

Calcutta: Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s ‘helicopter’ shot is unique because it comes out of nowhere. The Chennai Super Kings captain came up with something similar when he was asked about how to keep the IPL clean.

“We will try the laundry, that’s good, will keep us clean,” Dhoni, who has often been criticised for his silence on the controversial issues, was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.

That was a witty Dhoni. But he was serious when queried about the Super Kings, who begin their campaign on Friday against the Kings XI Punjab. Dhoni, though, doesn’t want to look too far ahead. The initial goal is to reach the last four, Dhoni emphasised.

“Playing well consistently and reaching the semi-finals is our first goal. We can’t say we will win because all it takes is one individual to have a good day. The importance is to reach the semi-finals and then you up your game a bit.”

“In knockout stages, you play to the best of your potential. That becomes crucial,” quoted Dhoni as saying.

Heat and humidity is one factor that all teams have to deal with. Dhoni, however, feels his men are ready for all challenges. “There are players who are coming from the Asia Cup in Dhaka, some even from New Zealand. The challenge is the ability to adapt quickly and perform.

“Yes, the weather is slightly different when you compare it to Mumbai or Chennai or even Calcutta. It is hot and humid here. Now, Delhi has very dry heat and this place is similar to it. It’s going to be a challenge, no doubt.

“Sports people crib a lot initially. But you aren’t bothered by these factors once you start to play,” the captain elaborated.

On paper, the Super Kings are one of the strongest sides, but form and fitness will have the last say while finalising the playing XI. “What you have to see are the fitness issues. And your composition as a side depends on the fitness of the players and their form.

“You may have to omit a big player because with him included, the side may not look as balanced.

“To create the perfect balance, someone who’s not as big might find his way through to the side. You have to look after these things as well,” Dhoni pointed out.