MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings might not be a side which boasts several young cricketers, but like the skipper himself, the Yellow Brigade boasts of several experienced players, who have proved their mettle in the shortest format of the game. At a time when owners of seven franchises were involved in intense bidding wars to buy youngsters at IPL 2018 auctions, the CSK think tank bought one senior player after the other. Dhoni is known to identify the best talent from across the globe and CSK CEO Kasi Vishwanath has revealed how he was the one to convince team management to go for Shane Watson – the Australian all-rounder who had a forgettable season in 2017 while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Playing under Virat Kohli, Watson failed to prove his mettle and could score just 78 runs from eight matches – a disappointing performance as per his own standards. Vishwanath explained why Dhoni still was in favour of buying Watson. “We knew his potential as an allrounder. Anyone can have a bad season. We discussed with our captain MS Dhoni about the prospects of having Watson in the team and Dhoni was happy. We felt Watson still has a lot to offer,” Vishwanath was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
After a dismal show in IPL 2017, Watson rediscovered his form in the Big Bash League and is currently one of the top performers in the Pakistan Super League.
“When we found out that he is fit and doing well in Big Bash League, we backed him. He has been terrific in the ongoing PSL as well. We are pleased with the way he has been shaping up,” Vishwanath added.