The Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Shane Watson has come out and showered praise on his skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni after he made a match-winning hundred versus Rajasthan Royals last night. He helped his side get back to winning ways as they had earlier lost their last match versus Kings XI Punjab.
CSk registered a 64-run victory over the Royals in what was their first game at the new, adopted home in Pune. While it was Watson who decisively took the game away from RR, you can easily see how tactically at his best MS Dhoni was.
At the post-match press conference. Watson talked about this and said, “MS reads the game incredibly well. His feel for the game is as good as anyone that’s ever played the game. His intuition on the ground is incredible, so… We obviously do a lot of planning of how we’re going to bowl and that comes in from what MS feels and his tactics on the ground. It’s a pretty powerful combination,”
“I’ve always watched him from far away. He’s so incredibly calm… Well, he looks calm, maybe not so on the inside always but he looks so calm. Also, how he tactically reads the game, he’s hardly ever out in regards to his intuitions regarding the feeling of the game. To get to know these people is itself a huge privilege when you get to play these types of tournaments. To know them off the field, understand exactly what makes them great, how they go about their preparation, how they go about their life apart from cricket as well,” he further added.
Watson also talked about the fact that CSK won't be playing in Chennai from now for this year and adjusting to the new home base. He said, “It’s incredibly sad that we aren’t playing in Chennai. Obviously, there are some issues going on there which is sad for our whole franchise that we can’t play there. The first game we played I was fortunate to play in Chennai. That atmosphere, even though only half the ground was open, was electrifying. That was something that I’ve never really experienced before. Then for us to move away because of the issues going on was very sad. And then to be able to see everything painted in yellow today just so special."