Shane Watson explains how UAE hosting the tournament could benefit CSK


Renowned all-rounder Shane Watson is considered as one of the vital cogs for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL who had shown what he can do in the last two IPL finals. While his blitzy 57-ball 117 gave Chennai Super Kings their third IPL title in 2018, his heroics of 59-ball 80 failed to reach the target as they lost to Mumbai Indians by only 1 run.


In a recent chat with TOI on Tuesday, he spoke about CSK’s possibilities in the upcoming IPL season which was earlier slated for a March-April time but got postponed due to COVID-19. Now it is all set to begin from September 19 in the UAE.

While talking about this forced break and how it will be difficult for players to get back in the zone, Shane Watson shared his views as well. He expressed:

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected all lives, and at this level, I really feel lucky to be in a position to play in an excessive-profile event just like the IPL. There is little doubt that it’ll be difficult. But having performed in it for years now, I understand how to regain my expertise and be prepared earlier than the event begins.

Fortunately for us, we now have about three weeks of coaching in Dubai earlier than the primary recreation and it’ll positively help us.”

He also shared how he used to keep himself engaged throughout this lockdown period.

“I spent a lot of high-quality time with my household. I’ve additionally been busy with my new enterprise whereby I’ve put collectively movies, blogs and completed podcasts by interviewing legends reminiscent of Sir Viv Richards, Wasim Akram and lots of others. I’ve learnt a lot in regards to the recreation and life in common, and I hope these listening to it could have benefitted as properly,” he said.

He further shared, “CSK’s likelihood is pretty much as good as all the opposite groups. Our workforce’s greatest plus has been the presence of skilled gamers and a few thrilling youthful gamers. We have a terrific facet led by MS Dhoni and coach Stephen Fleming. With the type of steadiness that our facet possesses, I see no motive why we won’t have a terrific season forward.”


However, the former Australia player has referred to his Chennai captain MS Dhoni as “evergreen cricketer”.

“MS nonetheless loves enjoying. He is an evergreen cricketer and it appears like he simply would not age. Look, with the type of expertise he has and the exhausting yards he places in, MS can go on and play into his 40s. MS has been in a position to handle his physique properly. The approach he is ready to run constantly and showcase expertise behind the stumps are simply unimaginable. I’m a big fan of MS and would need to see him proceed enjoying whether or not it is for CSK or internationally,” he added.

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