Dhoni backs Test brigade despite loss to Proteas

Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday said the franchise would be aiming to get Ravichandran Ashwin back in the fold in the upcoming IPL players' auction

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. However, the former India captain also went to say that he had no qualms about returning to the yellow brigade as CSK has always been his second home with the vast love showered upon him by the fans.

"A lot of people approached me, I can tell you that", said Dhoni. "But, you know, I can't think (of) not coming back to CSK", PTI quoted Dhoni saying at the sidelines of an event. "We will try to get him", he said. You know, (about) who we will get in the auctions. The fans have literally adopted me, they accept me as one of their own.

He added: "He [wicketkeeper] is somebody who is in the position where he watches the game very closely".

He further added, We have two right-to-match options but having already retained three capped Indians, don't think we can use it. The franchise has also retained Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja along with Dhoni in the player retention event a fortnight ago.

The IPL team, backed by India Cements, is staging a comeback this season, post a two-year ban from the tournament. The third and final Test is scheduled to be held in Johannesburg from January 24."I would say look at the positives".

The Ranchi stumper, who will join Kohli's men for the ODI and T20I series against the Proteas, was also asked questions about his return to the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL). "We will definitely go for him [Ashwin] in the auction". 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. "Ashwin definitely being a local lad, we want a lot of local players to be part of CSK", said MSD. He understands the pace of the wicket, how the bowler is bowling, how the batsman is batting. All over wherever we have gone, CSK has got support. As of now it is very hard to say whom we will get. He said that players had no role to play in the controversy and their fan following has only become more strong in the years CSK were missing from action.



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