Former Australian paceman Brett Lee was left impressed with Chennai Super Kings’ captain MS Dhoni for injecting belief into his players. Brett Lee’s encomiums for MS Dhoni arrived after Shane Watson finally struck form in IPL 2020, having smashed an unbeaten 83 to guide CSK to a 10-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab in Dubai on Sunday. Despite three losses on the bounce, the three-time champions stuck with the same side.
The focus was mainly on Shane Watson, who endured a poor run of form leading to the game against Kings XI Punjab. The right-handed batsman had scores of 4, 33, 14, and 1, copping criticism for failing to get his side off to brisk starts. There existed calls of even dropping Shane Watson from the side. He silenced all his critics by bouncing back in style to remain unbeaten as Chennai coasted to a convincing victory in a tricky chase of 179.
According to Brett Lee, MS Dhoni sticking by his players and eleven, no matter what is a great thing. The 43-year old underlined that the skipper’s belief in them reaped rich returns as the yellow army played their top-notch game, enabling them to sleep well. For his 83, Watson also received the man of the match award, gathering a much-needed lifeline.
“The great thing about MS Dhoni is he believes his players, commits to the XI that are there. He also backs the 13-14 that are there if there’s an injury. It’s the XI he believes in, commits to the team. They played so well and as they say, the lions will sleep pretty well tonight,” Lee told Star Sports on Monday.
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The New South Wales-born cricketer lauded MS Dhoni for placing the faith on an out-of-form Shane Watson. Lee pointed out that since the last few games, Watson kept on going across the line; however, this time, he went down the line. According to Lee, the Queensland-born was on fire and entirely stole the show.
“Hats off to MSD for providing Watson with that opportunity and back his teammate. Watto came out and totally dominated it. The way he went down the line and didn’t go across the line the last few games he went across the line. When he is on form, he can do it but Shane Watson, tonight, was on fire,” the 43-year old added.