MS Dhoni made me feel 10-foot tall with his faith in me: Shane Watson

Written by Sumit Seth

Shane Watson has been playing for Chennai Super Kings since 2018 and has been a crucial part of the franchise in the last couple of years. However, the Australian had also gone through a lean patch during his stint with the CSK but still, the team continued to show faith in him during the time, and that is what, according to Watson, sets CSK apart from other franchises.

Watson conceded that had he been with some other IPL franchise while going through a rough patch, he would have been asked to sit out but CSK persisted with him.

“You can go for 10 games not scoring runs and still get picked. Last season, thank you to M.S. Dhoni and Stephen Fleming for keeping the faith,” Watson said in a live Instagram session on CSK’s handle.

“Every other franchise would have been ‘You are gone. Thank you for coming, but you are sitting and you are running the drinks’,” he said.

The Australian all-rounder also thanked CSK skipper MS Dhoni and coach Stephen Fleming for keeping faith in him.

“Through that period, unfortunately, I felt like I was batting well but I was just not scoring runs and that kept going on and on. At some stage, I was feeling after a couple of games that they are going to have to move me on, but they didn’t,” Watson said.

“And then when things turned around, which I knew it would at some stage, I thanked MS and Fleming for keeping the faith, and they said there was never any doubt. And that’s phenomenal. That made me feel 10-foot tall. That’s the power of amazing leadership. To know when to stick with people you believe in, and that’s amazing for me. And I am forever indebted to those guys,” he added.

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