MS Dhoni Can Play Well Into His 40s, Says Shane Watson

Shane Watson (Credits: IPL)

Chennai Super Kings opener Shane Watson was full of praise for MS Dhoni ahead of IPL 2020. The veteran cricketer believes Dhoni can play well into his 40s, as his fitness levels are very good.

After making a huge impact in IPL final last season, Shane Watson became a fan favorite for Chennai fans. Although, Chennai lost just by 1 run to Mumbai, Shane Watson has earned the plaudits of critics and fans alike after IPL final 2019.

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However, with new season comes new challenges. The team are currently preparing for IPL 2020 that will be played next month in UAE. In an exclusive interview to Times of India, Shane Watson feels the slow pitches in UAE could be a massive advantage to CSK.

“The pitches are going to be on the slower side. We have some high-quality spinners in our side and we should be able to capitalize,” said Watson

Chennai Super Kings can consider themselves unlucky after losing last year’s final with just one run. But Shane Watson looked at the positive side of the result and hopes that the team can build on it this season.

“It’s always shattering to come this close to winning the tournament like we did in the final against Mumbai Indians last year. MI was one of dominant teams in 2019, and for us, to have come this close was a terrific effort. There were so many positives for us from the last season and we will look to take that and start afresh this year,” he added.

Shane Watson lauds MS Dhoni

The 39-year old also backed his skipper MS Dhoni to play for many more years. He primarily thinks the way Dhoni maintained his body would help him to have a long career.

MS Dhoni (Credits: Twitter)

“MS still loves playing. He is an evergreen cricketer and it feels like he just doesn’t age. Look, with the kind of skills he has and the hard yards he puts in, MS can go on and play into his 40s. MS has been able to manage his body well.

“The way he is able to run consistently and showcase skills behind the stumps are just incredible. I am a big fan of MS and would want to see him continue playing whether it’s for CSK or internationally,” Watson said.

There has been lot of speculations on the future of MS Dhoni in Indian cricket. However, the legendary player is looking to make the most of IPL 2020. By playing a strong IPL, there is a very good chance for Dhoni to play T20 world cup next summer.

On the other hand, being the captain of Chennai Super Kings, he will have a massive job of handling expectations to deliver another IPL trophy.


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