After some very disappointing struggles, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) opener Shane Watson finally announced himself in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a staggering 96-run knock to help his team pick up a six-wicket victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Before the game, in ten games played for CSK, the former Australian cricketer had managed to compile a best of only 44, only two scores over the 30-run mark and five single-digit scores which also included two ducks. However, the team management still somehow showed the faith in Watson and he repaid the belief in a fantabulous manner.
I was due for runs
With this victory, CSK dethroned Delhi Capitals (DC) from the top position and also booked a berth in the IPL 2019 playoffs. Watson was adjudged as the Man of the Match for his sensational performance. While receiving the award during the post-match presentation ceremony, Watson mentioned that he doesn’t have words to thank his skipper MS Dhoni and head coach Stephen Fleming for showing the immense faith in him. He noted that he would have been dropped till now had Dhoni and Fleming not backed him.
“I was due for runs, that’s for sure. I can’t thank Stephen Fleming and MS Dhoni enough for their belief in me. Most of the teams I’ve played in, I would have been dropped by now but they showed the trust in me,” said Shane Watson.
Needed some things to go my way
Watson came into the IPL after performing decently in the Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia and Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the UAE. There was a lot expected from him by the CSK fans as well due to his staggering numbers in the previous edition. SRH fast bowler and stand-in skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar troubled the CSK opener a lot upfront in yesterday’s game, but it was Watson who had things going his way.
“Of course, I was doing alright in the PSL and in the BBL too, struck the ball well. Needed some things to go my way, like it did today when Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) was all over me. He is an incredibly skillful bowler as he swings it both ways,” the former Aussie cricketer concluded.