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'Team that gels well will win IPL'

Chennai team captain MS Dhoni believes the team that 'gels well' in the league matches would be the ultimate winner of the inaugural IPL T20 tournament.

cricket Updated: Apr 22, 2008 19:07 IST

The team that "gels well" in the league matches would be the ultimate winner of the inaugural Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament, according to Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Talking to reporters on the eve of his team's second league match against Mumbai XI, Dhoni said, "The teams have played just one or two matches. You cannot make any assessment on this basis. There are lots of matches left. There will be ups and downs. The team which gels well throughout will be the winner."

Asked about the possibility of Sachin Tendulkar playing in Wednesday's match, the India ODI captain said, "When he (Sachin) plays no team cannot plan against him. Hopefully one ball will keep low and he may get out."

Dhoni said the IPL has got the right kind of start it needed.

"The start has been great, McCullum's batting has been solid one. Fans also got what they wanted. They saw some huge sixes, dance by cheerleaders, teams piling up huge scores and bowlers taking wickets. It provided excitement for the fans."

Dhoni, who left for his hotel from the stadium after the practice session on his new Harley and Davidson bike, ruled out the possibility of his opening the innings.