MS Dhoni, the captain of Team India and CSK is known for expressing his blunt views for any matter related to growth of the game of cricket. This time, prior to their first encounter against KKR in the CL T20, Dhoni has analyzed the difference between the CLT 20 and IPL.  Explaining the importance of IPL in comparison to CL T20, he said “It will lag behind a bit obviously. Because, IPL format is different. It is played for two months continuously and there are big Indian players in every team. The big international cricketers are present in the teams. The overall connect that exists, it increases.”

Elaborating this point further, he added, “The idea of Champions League T20 is brilliant. But also, it becomes difficult to indulge the Indian crowds at the same level if you compare to IPL. Because, if two teams from abroad are playing, you won’t get the same kind of crowd, may be when two Indian teams are playing, the interest of crowd grows. This is a challenge. Still, people come to watch these matches. The idea of Champions League T20 is good, whether it has the same kind of following that we will have to wait and watch.”

Commenting on the short time provided to all the players to prepare for CL T20, he explained, “This is one time where you don’t have too much time in your hand. We don’t like get together 10 days before the start of the tournament. It is usually pretty fast. Especially, the fact, most of the Indian cricketers they are part of the ODI squad and they are coming from England, which means will be arriving here late. In my case, I just came here today. So, you don’t get the same amount of time with the team. As I said, it has its own challenge. Still it is good. We get enough time to get together. The two months of IPL, the time, we spend that really helps us. It becomes like a refresher course, where you get together and start getting your acts together.”