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Chennai is my second home: Dhoni

Chennai is my second home: Dhoni

Dhoni confirmed that CSK will bid for Ashwin Ravichandran in the upcoming auction scheduled for 27 and 28 January.

Dhoni has now made it clear that the franchise will go after Ashwin in the auction.

"With Ashwin we can not use the Right To Match as we have already got three Indian players retained".

"A lot of [teams] approached me, I can tell you that".

Speaking about the IPL betting controversy that led to the suspension of Chennai Super Kings, Dhoni said the fan base grew stronger in their two-year absence because "none of the players was involved in anything". 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.

CSK, returning to the league after a two-year ban, used all their three options to retain Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja. But the challenge is to start everything from scratch - fresh auction, who will we get, whether we will get the core team or not. Ashwin will come first in the auction but as I said I have to wait and watch. 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.

An auction ceremony is a game of chess as much as anything else, and Dhoni is a master of tactics. "When the IPL began, I had no clue which franchise I would play for".

"In the past, we have seen a lot of teams target former CSK players", Dhoni said. "Ashwin definitely being a local lad, we want a lot of local players to be part of CSK", Dhoni said. We may have to keep emotions aside, we may want somebody but if the price goes outside our range, then we will actually have to let him go because if we put in more money there, we may not make a complete side.

Dhoni added: "That's the adaptability factor we need to have at the auction table". The fact that we sold off all endorsement deals even before the retentions were announced underlines CSK's brand value. As far as the composition is concerned, we have retained a keeper and two batsmen-who can also bowl. So, that area is covered. All over wherever we have gone, CSK has got support. At the same time I would say wherever I go whether I am batting, bowling or fielding or doing anything, I get the appreciation, I get the love. In the interim, Dhoni appeared for Rising Pune Supergiant, who reached the final in last year's IPL. "We are taking 20 wickets". "If you are not able to get 20 wickets, you can't win a Test match irrespective of whether you are playing in India or you are playing outside". It means that we're nearly in a position to win Test match. How can you draw a Test, is by giving less runs and by scoring more runs.

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