IPL 2019: Shane Watson Thanks Faf du Plessis for Turning Things Around for Him
South Africa skipper and an integral member of the Chennai Super Kings, Faf du Plessis who batted efficiently all through the tournament stated that CSK knows how to win big moments and it was quite evident from their performance against the Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2. It was a thoroughly professional performance by CSK as they qualified for yet another final. The victory meant that we will be witnessing yet another Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings Final.
Faf du Plessis looked in great touch during the tournament. However, his opening partner Shane Watson was not at his best and failed to put up a significant score. The duo eventually returned to form after sharing an 81 runs stand against the Delhi Capitals which was instrumental in ensuring that CSK chased the target of 148 in the 19th over. It will be CSK’s 8th final in 10 years.
Faf du Plessis revealed that he had a discussion with Shane Watson before the game as he wasn’t going through the best of form. As Chennai Super Kings has the experience of winning several big games, it worked in their favour which eventually meant that they qualified for yet another final. Their record in this tournament has been nothing short of extraordinary.
“We spoke about it before the game – didn’t have the best run in the last 5-6 games. We have a lot of confidence as a team to win a lot of big games – so we draw confidence from that. We also know the strength of ours is getting those partnerships – even if we go 3-4 overs without runs, we have a great lower and middle order to bring us back.
“Watto (Watson) thanked me already for scoring quickly at the beginning before he got set. Hopefully, we can both get them off the meat in the final right from the word go,” said Du Plessis.
Meanwhile, Shane Watson accepted the fact that he was a bit nervous at the beginning of his innings especially due to the indifferent run which Watson was experiencing all through the tournament.
“Very grateful for the faith CSK have shown in not just me, but all the players are grateful. Faf batted beautifully. Thanks to Faf for helping me through that stage,” said the 37-year-old former Australian captain.
“There are huge positives about age and experience. We have played well from the top with MS (Dhoni) and Fleming. When you have experienced players, you have an understanding of what to do. We are making the most of the experience we have had and we are going to make the most out of it on Sunday,” he said.
There was a mix up in the running between the wickets with the duo. As Shane Watson tapped the towards the point region, both the batters ran in both directions at a certain point. Eventually, they ended up running a single.
“I reckon we almost ran three there,” said Du Plessis. “It was terrible running, and that’s not the kind of start you want in a run-chase of a knockout. Thankfully we recovered from that and did pretty well.”
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