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CSK Captain, M. S. Dhoni Believes That Fitness is What Matters, Not the Age

If you ask most captains, they want players who move well on the field. Doesn't matter if you're 19-20 years old

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Dousing the debate between age and experience, Chennai Super Kings’ skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni put “fitness” ahead of any other factor for success.

As his side lifted the third Indian Premier League (IPL) title on Sunday, hammering Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets, he opined that its the fitness of players which matters the most.

“We talked a lot about age, but what’s more important is the fitness. Rayudu, at 33, it doesn’t really matter. That’s what more matters than age,” Dhoni said after the match.

“If you ask most captains, they want players who move well on the field. Doesn’t matter if you’re 19-20 years old. Age is just a number, but you have to be very fit,” said the Chennai skipper.

Dhoni meanwhile, also credited the batting effort by his side throughout the tournament which was a major reason behind their success.

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Chennai Super Kings’ skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni put “fitness” ahead of any other factor for success. Wikimedia

“I feel it’s a really good batting effort. But we always had the belief that we had the firepower in the middle overs. There was no plan to send Bravo up ahead. Rayudu has been our main batters, so we had protection in the middle,” he said.

Meanwhile, Man of the Match Watson, who was back to his brutal best as his scintillating unbeaten 117 run-knock was the key behind Chennai’s IPL title, termed the season as a “special” one for him.

After the match, the Australian all-rounder said: “It’s been a special season to be honest. To get a special season especially after the last season with RCB.”

“It means a lot to be with a franchise like CSK,” Watson added.

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On his Sunday’s innings, where the Australian produced a masterclass against one of the best bowling attack in the league, the 36-year-old said: “After those first ten balls I was only hoping to catch up to at least a run-a-ball. Bhuvi is really good with the new ball and was lucky to get the opportunity to catch up.”

“Stephen Fleming and M.S. Dhoni have been looking after me really well and I am really glad to contribute like I did tonight,” he added. (IANS)

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Bollywood actor and producer Arbaaz Khan was summoned for investigations and interrogation into the ongoing probe in the Indian Premier League (IPL) betting case, other bollywood celebrities are also in the suspect list, a Mumbai police official said here on Friday.

Arbaaz, younger brother of superstar Salman Khan, has been asked to appear before the Thane crime branch’s Anti Extortion Cell (AEC) on Saturday, said Police Inspector Rajkumar Kothmire.

The summons were issued to Arbaaz after prominent bookie Sonu Jalan alias Sonu Batla — who reportedly has links with various mafia dons, including absconding Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar — was arrested sometime ago and interrogated by the AEC sleuths in connection with the IPL scam, he added.

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“The case investigations are going on since the past five-six years and could involve amounts of over Rs 500-600 crore. We want to find out from Arbaaz what was his role and how much  he is involved in the entire matter,” said Kothmire who is probing the matter.

The 50-year-old actor-producer’s cropped up during Jalan’s interrogation and recovery of some photographs which include other major film personalities who may be subsequently summoned, he indicated. Thane police arrested Jalan in the Kalyan court during his meeting to other accused.

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According to Kothmire, the entire IPL betting scam involves some of the biggest bookies operating from Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and New Delhi.

Jalan was first nabbed around 10 years ago when the IPL betting scam had erupted, According to reports Jalan has an international racket and most of its clients are in South Africa and later investigations proved he was in touch with several world famous personalities, including Arbaaz, though it is yet not confirmed that whether Arbaaz has direct connectios with the scam or not. (IANS)