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Chennai Super Kings all set for IPL 4, will miss Murali


All set for the fourth edition of the Twenty-20 cricket tournament, Indian Premier League (IPL)'s reigning champions, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) unveiled their new look squad, retaining the core members, here today in the presence of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, fresh from his World Cup success.


"We will miss Muthiah Muralitharan very badly," Dhoni said, answering questions on the team after the formal introduction by Gurunath Meiyappan of CSK, Executive President The India Cements Limited T S Raghupathy and Ravi Chawla, President Gulf Oil, the new sponsor for the team.


"The new team is good. But the question is not how good the team is, but how we do," Dhoni said.


The Super Kings, owned by the India Cements Ltd, has new faces in two Sri Lankans Suraj Randiv and Nuwan Kulasekera, Dwayne Bravo of West Indies, Scott Styris of New Zealand, Fuf du Plessis of South Africa and a second wicket-keeper in Wriddhiman Saha. They also have a new bowling coach in Andy Bichel.


"We have been one of the most consistent teams in the IPL. Our brand of cricket has won us global admirers", Meyappan said.


Coach Stephen Flemming said the team would not suffer from lack of match practice what with most of the players having played in the just concluded World Cup.


"We are quietly confident of our prospects," he said. The team's fan base had more than tripled following its spectacular success last year," Raghupathi said.


Having won the IPL as well as Champions League title last season, the Super Kings will go into this edition once again as one of the favourites.


They are all set to take on a new look Kolkata Night Riders at the M A Chidambaram stadium on April 8, after the inaugural ceremony at 1700hrs.


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