Chennai: Although disappointed with Chennai Super Kings` ouster from the Champions League T20, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that it will be a "blessing in disguise" ahead of his team`s important ODI series against England which starts from October 14.
"That`s the only blessing in disguise, a few days off, not that we have earned it, but a bit of rest will help us," said CSK skipper Dhoni.
Dhoni has been playing near non-stop cricket for a long time now, his only break coming during the five-match one-day series in the West Indies in June.
India play five ODIs and a Twenty20 international against England at home.
Apart from Dhoni, Suresh Raina and R Ashwin are two other Indian ODI players in the CSK squad.
Meanwhile, David Warner smashed a blistering unbeaten 69-ball 135 as 2009 champions New South Wales put up a determined show to beat the defending champions Chennai by 46 runs to join Mumbai Indians from Group-A in the semifinals of the Champions League.
Electing to bat, New South Wales posted an imposing 201 for two, riding on Warner`s second Twenty20 ton. In their reply, Super Kings could muster just 155 before being all out in 18.5 overs.
"Getting 200 became a difficult task when our big-hitters departed. That is very important to get the big hitters out of the game, you don`t want them to bat 15 overs but want to get them in the powerplay," said Dhoni.
Man-of-the-match Warner said that he has learnt a lot in the last few years and his efforts paid off.
"Tonight was my night, I have been practicing the switch hit a long time now in the nets. It paid off today. I have learnt a lot in the last few years, that has come through playing more four-day cricket back home," he said.
NSW captain Simon Katich heaped praise on Warner and said, "The way he batted was simply outstanding, he constructed his innings superbly."