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Despite not having any superstars or big name cricketers in their squad, Dolphins, who are a South African team, are on a mission to stun everyone by winning the Champions League Twenty2o (CLT20).
While it may be easier said than done, Dolphins head coach Lance Klusener is confident that his side have what it takes to win the tournament and upset crowd favourites like the Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings and Perth Scorchers.
“We are really looking forward to the challenge ahead,” Klusener said. “Our intention is to come here and win this trophy and win this tournament. I think its important that we approach that (championship) in that way and play in a certain way that we feel we can achieve that goal. It is an awesome opportunity for our young team as well.”
Klusener added that the team should not worry about the fact that they have not faced many of the teams who are participating in the CLT20.
“Whether that is something good or bad, I am not 100 per cent sure,” he said. “For us, we are just going to worry about what we can do and how we can play and just take it from there.”
Former South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Morne van Wyk agreed with Klusener’s views, and added: “We look to everybody to contribute, there is not one in particular, we won the tournament back home where everybody contributed. We need everyone to chip in and that will be okay.”
Van Wyk also noted that he is not concerned about the fact that his team have a mixture of veterans and young talents eager to make their mark.
“In general, I don’t think it really matters much in any form of professional sport,” he said. “As long as you are fit enough and as long as you are delivering things, I don’t think that’s an issue.
“In cricket, over the last couple of years we have seen high class performances from guys nearing 40. Brad Hodge and Adam Gilchrist are the examples.
“Our team is really based on team performance and that has been getting us across the line…I think we have got that balance.”