Dhoni happy with Super Kings line up
World Cup winner skipper MS Dhoni arrived in Chennai on Wednesday to join up with the Super Kings squad ahead of their clash against the Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday night.
Having rested for a few days after India’s World Cup triumph, Dhoni cast his attentions to the Super Kings title defence with a squad virtually unchanged from last year.
With the exception of Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan the Super Kings have successfully retained most of the team which beat the Mumbai Indians in last years final.
"The new team is quite good. Like I always say, it's not about how good the team looks on paper, but it's what we do on the field that is very important," said Dhoni.
"I always say that the fitness of the players is the key. Players do struggle during the course of the IPL. If all the players are available for selection, then it is a very good side."
"Quite a few of them will be missing due to injuries and international commitments. Once we get together, we will be very good," he added.
"The batting line-up is as good as last year, Vijay, Badri, Raina and Albie. Du Pless has come in, we have the all-rounders and Mike Hussey will also join us. Overall, it's a very good batting line-up".
Reflecting on the loss of Muralitharan, Dhoni said the team will miss his character and his influence in the dressing room, adding "We knew that once the auction happened, we will miss a few key players."