Shane Watson lavished compliment on CSK’s leadership group and termed it as world-class.© Twitter
The experience and quality of Chennai Super Kings’ battle-hardened players must see the team through in the upcoming IPL despite a turbulent build-up caused by 13 COVID-19 cases in the contingent, feels veteran all-rounder Shane Watson. The CSK unit was once rocked by 13 cases of the dreaded disease barely weeks before the September 19 tournament-opener and the list also included two players. This resulted in an extended quarantine period and a delayed start to their outside training session. “Having an experienced team means your players have more understanding of with the ability to get their skills to implement under pressure from game one,” Watson said on Nabeel Hashmi’s YouTube show.
Hashmi is the head of player acquisitions at the Quetta Gladiators, Watson’s team in the Pakistan Super League.
The former Australian all-rounder added, “For this reason we imagine we’ve got a great chance of having a great year on account of the quality of players and the experience we’ve got.
“We’ve got more chance of not making many mistakes trying to stand up to speed as quickly as we perhaps can.”
As one of T20 leagues’ biggest freelancers, Watson has been playing across the world for the past few seasons, and he’s banking on that experience to shine in his next assignment.
“I’ve sort of been absent playing T20 tournaments off and on for the final four years or so,” he said.
“I have more of an understanding (now) but still it is a challenge so that you can get your skills up.”
Watson also praised CSK’s “world-class” leadership group for backing him all over an up-and-down final season.
“The 2018 season was once one of my better seasons, it wasn’t just the last (where Watson made a match-winning century). “But final year, certainly CSK stuck with me through thick and thin. In each and every other team that I’ve been in, I may have been dropped a few games before I got the runs against the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
“Just them backing me, knowing my next few good innings were around the corner, (was once amazing). Only world-class leaders will in point of fact stick by and have the confidence to try this, provided the calibre of the players we’ve got.” Watson called it a great learning.
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