Ahead of the IPL auction, MS Dhoni wanted to sign at least one proven all-rounder, someone who had previous experience of succeeding in the IPL.
CSK finally got such a player in Shane Watson, as the Aussie has surely been one of the best foreign imports in IPL history.
That being said, there are a lot question marks surrounding the future of Watson, as not many people are convinced that the Aussie will feature in the starting XI through out the season.
This is what the CSK CEO, Kasi Vishwanath had to say,
“We knew his potential as an allrounder. Anyone can have a bad season. We discussed with our captain MS Dhoni about the prospects of having Watson in the team and Dhoni was happy. We felt Watson still has a lot to offer,” Vishwanath was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
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“When we found out that he is fit and doing well in Big Bash League, we backed him. He has been terrific in the ongoing PSL as well. We are pleased with the way he has been shaping up,” Vishwanath added.
“Watson fits into the type of allrounders we have had in the past. Watson is a floater with the bat. He can preferably open but move around the order too. It was a conscious effort to have such a cricketer in the mix.”
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The CSK squad has been a subject of much discussion, as most people were not convinced by their group of players. The current squad represents the who’s who of the lats decade in the IPL, but may not necessarily be a great set for the next couple of years.
CSK SQUAD :
MS Dhoni (retained 15 crore), Suresh Raina (retained, 11 c), Ravindra Jadeja (retained 7 c), Faf du Plessis (1.5 c), Harbhajan Singh (2 c), Dwayne Bravo (6.4 c), Shane Watson (4 c), Kedar Jadhav (7.8 c), Ambati Rayudu (2.2 c), Imran Tahir (1 c), Karn Sharma (5 c), Shardul Thakur (2.6 Cr), Jagadeesan Narayan (20L), Mitchell Santner (50L), Deepak Chahar (80L), KM Asif (40L), Lungi Ngidi (50 L), Kanishk Seth (20L), Dhruv Shorey (20L), Murali Vijay (2 c), Sam Billings (1 c), Mark Wood (1.5 c), Kshitiz Sharma (20L), Monu Kumar (20L), Chaitanya Bishnoi (20L)