Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, who had announced his retirement from all formats of the game last year, has revealed his experience of playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) during a recent interaction.
During his time in the cash-rich league, Watson played for three franchises during his time in the IPL, namely Rajasthan Royals (RR), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
Watson won two IPL titles in his illustrious career, one each with RR (2008) and CSK (2018). Interestingly, he had scored a match-winning century in the IPL 2018 final as CSK defeated SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) to clinch the title.
Talking about his time at RCB, the Ipswich-born former cricketer revealed that the owners of the franchise didn’t really have any emotional connection as the franchise was run by a proper corporate company.
“RCB was a great experience because of the calibre of players I played with. It was run by Diageo which is sort of a Johnny Walker company, so it was more corporately – sort of – run, which is different.
“There’s no real emotional connection with the owners who put in their heart and soul into it,” Shane Watson was quoted as saying in the Grade Cricketer podcast.
Comparing his time at CSK, Watson expressed his thoughts about the skipper, MS Dhoni and head coach, Stephen Fleming. During his first two seasons at CSK, the franchise won one title and finished as runner ups in 2019.
“But CSK was an incredible experience – to be with a team that was ageing, because of the experience we had, to be led by MS Dhoni, to be coached by Stephen Fleming, who is the best coach I’ve ever worked with,” said Watson.
“Fleming’s man-management skills, understanding of individuals and team environment, and also his cricket knowledge is ultimate. And of course the connection he had with MS Dhoni. That was a super cool experience,” he added.