Johannesburg: MS Dhoni does not believe fatigue will be a real factor for the Indian team which is gearing up to play South Africa in a one-off T20 match days before the Indian Premier League (IPL) will begin. Dhoni and his team arrived in Johannesburg for the match, scheduled to be held on Friday in Johannesburg.
The match will be played to commemorate 150 years of Indian settlement in South Africa and is to be an annual fixture. The team, led by Dhoni, is a first-choice unit barring the opener Virender Sehwag and pacer Zaheer Khan, who are out with injury.
Dhoni said he and his team-mates were "happy" to have travelled to South Africa even though it was for a one-off match. "I don't think fatigue will be a real factor. We all enjoy playing the IPL … that's one format where you are not representing your country, and the span of the tournament is slightly longer so you play quite a few games,” he said.
"It's a different exposure. I always felt the platform was good for youngsters because they get to play with some of the best international cricketers. It helps you get a bit fitter also.”
Dhoni also lauded South Africa for their hospitality and the ability to make visiting teams feel comfortable. "In South Africa the sports are managed really well. When a team comes, everything is in place and in order. In the same way, when they come to India, the management, the airlines and the hotels, they go out of their way to make the players comfortable."