Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has been one of the most integral members of Chennai Super Kings’ squad that already boast of star-studded players. With Shane Watson amongst the cricketers, who have not played top-level cricket for a long time, a little rustiness could be imminent. However, he has brushed aside those concerns, stating that the rustiness would not stay for long.
The yellow army has faced some troubled times so far in the UAE. It began with as many as thirteen personnel testing positive for COVID-19 followed by vice-captain Suresh Raina returning to India, owing to family commitments. Amongst the latest happenings, veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh opted out of this year’s IPL edition too, citing personal reasons. After an extended quarantine period, CSK players began training ahead of the season, starting on the 19th of this month.
Shane Watson took to his official Twitter and expressed his excitement to be back with his mates for their first training session. He added that it was a lot of fun and that the rustiness would not take long to go away.
Below is Shane Watson’s tweet:
How exciting it was to be back with all of my @ChennaiIPL mates for our first training session!!! It was so much fun. There was a little rust that won’t take long to go. 😆😆😆🦁😊 #whistlepodu #ipl pic.twitter.com/mErFh9Aqw5
— Shane Watson (@ShaneRWatson33) September 5, 2020
Shane Watson began his IPL career with Rajasthan Royals, winning the man of the tournament in 2008. He spent with the franchise till 2015 before Royal Challengers Bangalore secured his services in 2016. After spending two seasons with the Royal Challengers Bangalore, the Queensland-born moved to CSK and helped them win their third title in 2018.
The 39-year old scored a destructive and unbeaten hundred in the final in 2018 that helped them successfully chase 179 against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. He also struggled his way to 80 in the previous season’s tournament-decider against Mumbai Indians; however, MS Dhoni’s men fell one run short of the target.