Shane Watson has been one of the most prolific all-rounders to emerge out of the Indian Premier League. Having played for franchises such as Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Chennai Super Kings, the Aussie revealed what sets the three-time winners apart from the others.
Having brought by the Chennai Super Kings, the 38-year-old has had a roller-coaster run when it comes to his form but has delivered when it matters. Two centuries, including one in the final in a tense run chase against a formidable Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling line-up, speaks for itself.
While it has not been smooth sailing, especially the last season, Waston conveyed his gratitude to skipper MS Dhoni and head coach Stephen Fleming for always believing in him. In an Instagram live chat set up by the team, he said:
“You can go for 10 games not scoring runs and still get picked. Last season, thank you to MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming for keeping the faith,” he said.
“Every other franchise would have been ‘You are gone. Thank you for coming, but you are sitting and you are running the drinks,'”
Despite the poor run of games, Watson was picked and he repaid them with a gem of a knock in the final against Mumbai Indians, but fell short by one-run to deny CSK their fourth title and the second one in a row. He continued:
Through that period, unfortunately, I felt like I was batting well but I was just not scoring runs and that kept going on and on. At some stage, I was feeling after a couple of games that they are going to have to move me on, but they didn’t.”
“And then when things turned around, which I knew it would at some stage, I thanked MS and Fleming for keeping the faith, and they said there was never any doubt,” he said.
“And that’s phenomenal. That made me feel 10-foot tall,” Watson said.
“That’s the power of amazing leadership. To know when to stick with people you believe me, and that’s amazing for me. And I am forever indebted to those guys,” he said.