Chennai Super Kings (CSK) opener Shane Watson thanked captain MS Dhoni and coach Stephen Fleming for showing faith in him. He scored unbeaten 83 runs in a 179-run chase and helped CSK won the match by 10 wickets.
Watson was a flop in the first four matches of IPL 2020 for Chennai and his way of dismissals was concerning for the management, but they kept supporting him. Finally, he has returned to form when everything was going downhill for CSK.
"What Fleming and MS Dhoni do, it is incredible. They trust the players, they trust the quality and caliber of their players. They know if they keep the faith, the things will certainly change," Watson told Faf du Plessis in a video uploaded on iplt20.com.
Along with the Aussie, South Africa's Faf du Plessis remained unbeaten on 87 to ensure a dominating 10-wicket win for CSK.
"It was nice to spend some time with my good mate Faf in the middle. It is amazing how a little change in mindset can make a big difference in getting things moving. It was nice to get some winning momentum. The faith that CSK continues to show in their players goes a long way. I love batting with Faf, I do believe that we complement each other really well," he added.
Faf agreed with his opening partner, and said, "Credit to Dhoni and Fleming, it's obviously the CSK way, they stick with players a bit longer than other teams might. They stick with players that they feel will play in the final. Credit to the management. It's not always as easy as it looks."
Chennai Super Kings' next match is against Kolkata Knight Riders on October 7. They are currently at number six in the points table.