IPL 2022: They Have A Really Well-Balanced Team - Shane Watson Surprised With Rajasthan Royals' Strong Squad

Published - 31 Mar 2022, 06:39 PM

Shane Watson. Photo- Wikipedia
Shane Watson. Photo- Wikipedia

Delhi Capitals (DC) assistant coach Shane Watson stated that the one team that has surprised him the most is none other than his old team, Rajasthan Royals (RR). Watson expressed excitement at how stacked the team looks on paper.

RR won their first game against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) quite convincingly, the only match in the tournament so far that has been one-sided. After putting up 210 on the board, RR defended the total and won by 61 runs.

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The team that probably surprised me the most is my old team Rajasthan Royals. The team they put together in their first game against the Sunrisers, they have got a really well-balanced team. They have got Sanju Samson, Devdutt Padikkal, who played for RCB last year, Jos Buttler, and Shimron Hetmyer as well.”

Sanju SAmson fifty.PHoto- IPL
Sanju Samson fifty.PHoto- IPL

He is a well-skilled power-hitter. Trent Boult, Ashwin, Krishna, who is a fast bowler and was with KKR, so they have got some good depth. They have probably surprised me the most. I probably didn’t understand how good a squad they had put together,” Watson stated on ‘The Grade Cricketer’ podcast.

Shane Watson talks about the importance of the dew factor

Watson further mentioned that dew will continue to play a huge factor in the night games and teams will more often than not opt to bowl first and have their target in front of them. Out of six games so far, RR is the only one to win after batting first.

The other thing that stands out for me around this whole tournament is the dew factor. If you are bowling second, it’s really hard to hold on to the ball and defend the total. So, that’s going to be a factor even as it gets hotter. I don’t understand how dew sets in, but it is going to be huge.”

Delhi Capitals, Shane Watson
Delhi Capitals (DC). Image: BCCI

I probably didn’t understand how good a squad they had put together. So in training, a lot of wet balls are going around, dunking balls in the bucket to probably get accustomed to what might come into play throughout the tournament,” Watson added.

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