In what is seen as a well-articulated marketing exercise to cash in on the sponsorship of Chennai Super Kings (CSK), which is returning to the Indian Premier League fold after a hiatus of two seasons, The India Cements Ltd. has come out with a sales offer for customers.
The auctions for the upcoming IPL edition is all set to be a big affair, as top players will go under the hammer on January 27 and 28 in Bengaluru.
Dhoni has now made it clear that the franchise will go after Ashwin in the auction. With Ashwin, we had the same thing in the past. He is a local lad.
"A lot of people approached me". He said, "I have met him once. Yes, it did hurt us because we were not part of IPL for two seasons", he added. Actually when you go when you have lost a game, they already know the reasons - where the game changed, what could have been done or the wicket slowed down.
"We have two right-to-match options but having already retained three capped Indians, don't think we can use it". We have to buy him out in the auction. He said, "And as I said, it is because of everything - what we been through, how we have conducted ourselves, how the management has been, how the players have been, how the fans have been". Who will we get in the auction - that's slightly hard to say right now because it all depends on who we will be able to afford.
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An auction ceremony is a game of chess as much as anything else, and Dhoni is a master of tactics.
"It is always a tough call. We may have to keep the emotions aside, we may want somebody, but if his price goes outside our range, we have to let him go because we have to focus on making the complete side". The fact that we sold off all endorsement deals even before the retentions were announced underlines CSK's brand value. We have retained a keeper, we have retained two batsmen and the same two batsmen can also bowl - one left-arm spinner and one off-spinner. All over wherever we have gone, CSK has got support. After eight years of IPL, it feels very different to play for any other team.
"If you back off one player that has had an inflated price, none of the teams are going to take him further at that point of time". To win a Test, we need 20 wickets, regardless of whether you are playing at home or away. How can you draw a Test, is by giving less runs and by scoring more runs.
The under-fire Indian Test team today got the backing of former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who said there are quite a few positives to pick despite the drubbing handed out by South Africa-the prominent one being the bowlers' performance.
"This means we are always in a position to win a Test match".