Former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson opens up the difference between playing in RCB and CSK during his IPL carrier. The prolific all-rounder started his IPL carrier in its inaugural(2008) year where he played for Rajasthan Royals. Notably, Rajasthan Royals won the 2008 IPL trophy
Shane Watson continued to play for various franchises and finally played for CSK in the last final stage of his IPL carrier. The 2018 IPL season remains as his carrier best where he scored his highest score(117*) and helped CSK to lift their 3rd IPL trophy.
Shane Watson on Playing under Virat Kohli
Post the IPL 2020 Shane Watson announced his IPL retirement. Watson remains as one of the players with most experience of playing under various teams in IPL. Watson claims playing with Indian captain Virat Kohli is one of the highlights of his prolific career.
“One of my career highlights is actually playing with Virat at RCB. That was an amazing experience, for two reasons. To know Virat, what just to be able to understand what makes him tick on and off the field and just the great layers of a person that he’s got as well,” Watson said on the Grade Cricketer Podcast.
Watson who played two seasons for RCB said whenever AB de Villiers is playing you just have to turn on the TV.
“It’s not just cricket he’s a very interesting person, interested in other people as well. But then AB de Villiers at RCB as well you just have to turn on your TV when he’s playing.”
Watson on playing under MSD
The 39-year-old further talked about playing in CSK under MS Dhoni‘s leadership and Stephen Fleming’s guidance. Watson heaped praise on Fleming’s man-management skill and called him the best coach he has worked with.
“RCB was a great experience after that because of playing with the caliber of people that I did. And then CSK was an incredible experience. To be in a team that was ageing because of the experience we had. Being led by MS Dhoni and coached by Stephen Fleming who is the best coach I’ve worked with,” said Watson.
“His man-management skill, understanding of individuals, a team environment but then also his cricket knowledge. The ultimate I thing. The connection he had with MS Dhoni, so that was a super cool experience as well.”