‘He is an ice-man on the field’: Shane Watson on working under MS Dhoni at CSK
Former Australia allrounder Shane Watson on Thursday recalled his century for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League 2018 final and said that it was a special experience working with former India captain MS Dhoni at the franchise. Speaking to cricket.com.au in a podcast, Watson also called CSK coach Stephen Fleming as the best coach he has worked with in his career.
“That century in the final was very special - especially working with Stephen Fleming at the time. He is the best coach I have worked with,” the former Australia allrounder said. “Fleming has a great cricket understanding - his mental skills and man-management skills are phenomenal,” he added.
Speaking on CSK skipper Dhoni, Watson said that he enjoyed playing alongside Dhoni for the first time and getting to know him. “And to work with MS Dhoni for the first time. When you play against him, he gives away nothing. He is an ice-man on the field.”
“But to work with him and to get to know him, was a great experience. I am so fortunate to meet so many people on the top of the game,” he said.
Meanwhile, CSK off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Thursday recalled how the franchise stuck up with Watson in the previous season, despite the opening batsman struggling to get runs on the board in a few games. “CSK do not make too changes into the team. Though, Watson was not getting runs throughout the season, and he went on to score a ton in the final in 2018. The team kept backing him. Last year, against Mumbai Indians in the final, he almost played a match-winning innings,” Harbhajan said to Rohit Sharma in an Instagram Live chat.
“You need to know how to back players. Players like Watson can win the game on his own,” the veteran bowler added.