The Chennai Super Kings have had a horror start to this year’s Indian Premier League. After the loss of experienced players like Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh from the CSK setup owing to personal reasons, their performance has taken a significant hit.
The MS Dhoni-led franchise in yellow has lost four out of the six games they’ve played this season. Shane Watson who played an unbeaten knock the other day is upset with the way Chennai have gone about with their cricket this year.
The bowlers bowled very well: Shane Watson
Watson who is a seasoned IPL player felt that the other day Chennai Super Kings should’ve easily chased down the target against Kolkata Knight Riders the other day. He was on all in praise for Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur and Sam Curran who according to Watson bowled exceptionally well in restricting KKR under 180.
“The overall assessment is that we are shattered about us not getting over the line last night. We should have closed it out, it is as simple as that. We bowled nicely to be able to restrict a powerful KKR batting line up to 167.
For us, Sam Curran and Shardul Thakur bowled very well. Karn Sharma bowled so beautifully, he is a skilful leg spinner. So for us to restrict KKR to 167 was a great result,” Watson stated as quoted by India Today.
Moreover, Shane Watson felt that it was the crucial spell of Sunil Narine in the end overs that pulled the match back in KKR‘s favour as that is when they lost the momentum the openers had built.
He went on to add how CSK lost their way in the chase after Narine’s spell when actually, they should’ve chased that in 17 -18 overs. Shane Watson also said that the side will do some soul searching before their next match against RCB on Saturday.
“The three overs from Sunil Narine really stopped our momentum, and then we were up to chasing 13 or 14 an over. Yeah, it was just shattering. These are the games where you wish that you had chased the score in 17 or 18 overs, but we lost our way in the run chase.
I know everyone is hurting from that game last night. We will do a bit of soul searching over the next day and a half until we face RCB in our next game,” Shane Watson added.