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Thank you MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming for keeping the faith: Shane Watson

Shane Watson and MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Australia’s explosive all-rounder Shane Watson bid for IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Sunday, October 31 in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Last match The ongoing 13th edition of the T20 extra against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). The opener was oblivious this season as he could contribute only 299 runs in 11 matches with two half-centuries.

Shane Watson thanked CSK captain M S Dhoni And coach Stephen Fleming for showing confidence in him and retaining him for the IPL 2020. The Australian all-rounder further admitted that CSK’s casual support helped him gain confidence. Shane also targeted CSK fans, saying it was a real experience to see billions of people cheering for him not only in Chennai but also in other parts of the country.

He said, ‘You play 10 games without scoring and still pick up (laughs). Last season, thanks to MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming for maintaining confidence. Watson quoted India Today as saying that it was unprecedented and I think it’s good to go, a little block can’t stop me.

He said, “It looks like there will be one billion people living in Chennai because one billion seems like CSK supporters.” Even traveling to other parts of India was like half of the stadium, full of CSK fans, an incredible part to be a part of. He said that there are not many things where this happens.

Shane Watson’s IPL journey

Watson made a brilliant start to his IPL career in 2008 as he helped Rajasthan Royals (RR) lift the cup in the inaugural edition. He was the highest run-scorer for the Royals and the third-highest wicket taker. He remained loyal to RR until 2015, but was picked by Royal Challengers Bangalore before IPL 2016. However, the all-rounder failed to vindicate his place and failed to contribute from both bat and ball.

Despite two lukewarm weather Rcb, CSK showed confidence in Shane Watson and selected him for a handsome sum of 4 crores in 2018. The Australian giants lived with their heavy price tag as they had a great season with Chennai attire. Beginning the innings, Shane scored 555 runs in 15 matches, including a stunning century in the final against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), which helped Yellow Army lift the cup for the third time.

However, the legendary all-rounder could not replicate the heroines of 2018 in the 2019 edition, as he was able to score only 398 runs in 17 matches. Despite being injured, Shane Watson hit an 80-ball 59 in the final of the IPL 2019 against Mumbai Indians, but could not take his team to the finishing line as CSK lost the match by 1 run.