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Kiwi Spinner Mitchell Santner Glad to be in MS Dhoni-led CSK in IPL

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: February 19, 2018, 6:41 PM IST
Kiwi Spinner Mitchell Santner Glad to be in MS Dhoni-led CSK in IPL

Mitchell Santner. (Getty Images)

Well aware of how MS Dhoni can ruin a bowlers’ figures and destroy the shape of a cricket ball, New Zealand’s spinner Mitchell Santner is relieved to be bowling at the wicket-keeper batsman in the nets instead of against him in a match in the upcoming season of the IPL.

Santner who has been picked up by the returning Chennai Super Kings, will have MS Dhoni as his captain in the IPL.

"I'm happy I'll be bowling to (MS) Dhoni in the nets rather than in a match like I have been," said Santner, who was costed CSK for Rs 50 lakh in the auctions last month.

The Kiwi is understood to be looking forward to joining his new team and playing alongside some of the more experienced players like Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja among others.

"I'm definitely looking forward to joining the culture at CSK, talking to and playing alongside experienced players such as skipper Dhoni, (Suresh) Raina and (Ravindra) Jadeja in a great team environment," Santner said.

"I'm very excited to be a part of this year's IPL and looking forward to joining the Chennai family. The IPL is probably the biggest T20 competition in the world, so I am excited to showcase my skills on the big stage and ultimately help CSK win games and ideally the championship," he said.

Santner was impressive when New Zealand toured India last year with his guile and control. The Hamilton-born spinner climbed to the top of the T20 International bowling rankings for the first time in January this year and also unveiled his version of the carrom ball, dubbed the 'claw,' a delivery that he flicks out of his fingers.

"I've been lucky enough to play in India in all three formats and have had some reasonable success along the way against some of the best players going around, so I'm looking to draw on some of that experience in the upcoming IPL," he said.

Santner said he also enjoyed bowled in India because the conditions help spinners.

"I enjoy bowling in India because the conditions can benefit spinners on some slower wickets and playing in front of packed stadiums, full of fans is also something you don’t get back home," he said.

The 2018 IPL season kicks off on April 7 with CSK taking on defending champions Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium.

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First Published: February 19, 2018, 6:41 PM IST

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