IPL 2018: Thought of playing under 'great' MS Dhoni excites me, says former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson

Former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson today said it will be a real honour to play for Chennai Super Kings in IPL while stating that the thought of playing under the 'great' Mahendra Singh Dhoni excited him a lot

PTI, February 12, 2018

Chennai: Former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson said it will be a real honour to play for Chennai Super Kings in IPL while stating that the thought of playing under the 'great' Mahendra Singh Dhoni excited him a lot.

"It is going to be a real honour to play for such a great franchise with the history that the Chennai Super Kings have, and the thought of playing under the great Mahendra Singh Dhoni excites me a lot," Watson was quoted as saying by the CSK website.

RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. MOBILE USE WITHIN NEWS PACKAGE Rajasthan Royals batsman Shane Watson (R) is watched by Chennai Super Kings wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as he plays a shot during the IPL Twenty20 cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals at The M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on May 4, 2011. AFP PHOTO/ Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP PHOTO / DIBYANGSHU SARKAR

File image of Shane Watson (R) is watched by Chennai Super Kings wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. AFP

The Australian cricketer, who previously turned out for Rajasthan Royals between 2008 and 2015 and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last two seasons, said it will be a little strange initially as CSK was one of Rajasthan's big rivals.

"It is going to be a little strange initially as CSK were one of Rajasthan's big rivals which started way back in the first year of the IPL."

"But it won't take that long to subside," said Watson,who did well for Sydney Thunder in the recent Big Bash League (in Australia).

The 36-year-old, who retired from international cricket in March 2016, said he still loved playing the game and was motivated for each game.

"I still absolutely love playing the game, which is an easy motivation in itself.

I still love the thrill of the unknown of every game and I am extremely competitive and so I have no problem with motivation at all for each game," he added.

The burly Australian said the CSK squad with the likes of Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja will compare really well to the previous years.

"Any CSK squad with Dhoni, (Suresh) Raina and (Ravindra) Jadeja as a starting point is going to be incredibly good and is always going to compare really well to the previous years," the Queensland-born cricketer said.

CSK has won the IPL twice, finished runners-up on four occasions and qualified for the playoffs in every season between 2008 and 2015 to emerge as one of the most successful franchises in the competition.

Watson has so far played 102 games in the IPL, scoring 2,622 runs at a strike rate of 138.65 and claimed 86 wickets at an average of 21.63.

Updated Date: Feb 12, 2018

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
14 6 8 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
8
Delhi
14 5 9 0 10




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114