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‘ISL’s effect showing in u-20 win’

M.S. Dhoni, the goalkeeper-turned-wicketkeeper attributed the India U-20 youth team’s win over Argentina at the Cotif Cup to the Indian Super League.

Dhoni, said, “ISL gave us the chance to rub shoulders with successful world footballers. Some of them (foreigners) were not at their peak but gave the Indians a benchmark on fitness to aim for.”

He added: “It gave the Indians a new challenge, how they (foreigners) play the entire 90 minutes and ways of preparation.

“The world stars managed to push their teammates here to higher benchmarks.

“Over the years, we felt the matches getting better (in the ISL).”

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