'Indians no longer afraid of SA pitches'

Dhoni, who  spoke to the newspaper after beating local team Warriors in the final, said that pitches in South Africa are no longer alien in nature for the senior India players.

“Most of our players played here during the second edition of IPL and now also in the Champions League Twenty20. The experience of playing on these pitches has been invaluable,” Dhoni said.

The Indians will be touring South Africa during the end of this year.

The Indian players in the CSK ranks such as top-order batsmen Murali Vijay (294 runs) and Suresh Raina showed their mettle in the league games, as did off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who emerged as the highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 13 wickets.

Despite winning the biggest prize in world cricket of 2.5 million US dollars, Dhoni said the victory on Sunday was tinged with sadness because some of the players would play for different teams during the next edition of IPL —- courtesy fresh auctions.

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