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Shane Watson credits Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni for his return to form in IPL 2018

Shane Watson has scored 438 runs and picked up six wickets from 13 matches in IPL 2018 so far, playing for MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) who will play Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Qualifier 1 on Tuesday.

cricket Updated: May 22, 2018 13:02 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Shane Watson, who won the Indian Premier League title with Rajasthan Royals in the inaugural season, is keen to contribute in a big way and help Chennai Super Kings (CSK) win the IPL 2018 title. (AFP)

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) all-rounder Shane Watson credited captain MS Dhoni for his return to form in the Indian Premier League this season (IPL 2018) as they prepare to take on table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Qualifier 1at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Watson has scored 438 runs and picked up six wickets from 13 matches in the 11th edition of the IPL so far. Having won the title in the inaugural season with Rajasthan Royals, the Australian will be keen to contribute big towards getting his second crown.

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“I’m very fortunate to have an opportunity at CSK like I have, to be able to open the batting throughout the tournament, to be able to bowl certain overs whenever MS (Dhoni) needs me,” quoted Watson as saying.

“To be there for MS but also for my selfish point of view to be able to see how his mind works and how incredibly he reads the game, to be able to ask those questions has been great as well,” he added

The CSK unit has the most players above 30 years of age in their starting eleven and it was their experience that made it count in the IPL 2018 according to Watson.

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“There’s no doubt that experience in T20 tournaments and cricket in general can really come through especially in pressure situations,” the 36-year-old said.

Watson further praised Dhoni’s sensibilities and his determination on the field.

“Just his feel and intuition for the game, I’ve experienced that with a few incredible players I’ve played with, MS is certainly right up there,” said Watson.

“The feel that he has for the game, what a batsman is going to do, what a bowler should do, as you can see when he bats as well, nine times out of 10 he chases the runs down as well.”

First Published: May 22, 2018 12:50 IST