IPL 2022 Shane Watson says the franchise is built around Dhoni it was difficult for Ravindra Jadeja sorry for him – IPL 2022: Shane Watson

Former Chennai Super Kings opener Shane Watson has admitted that he was surprised when Ravindra Jadeja replaced MS Dhoni as the captain. Because he believes that it was going to be very difficult to replace Mahendra Singh Dhoni. CSK won just two of their eight matches under Jadeja’s captaincy, which affected the 33-year-old’s performance. Jadeja finally took the big decision and decided to hand over the captaincy to Dhoni again, so that he could focus more on performing consistently for the team.

Speaking on the podcast ‘The Grade Cricketer’, Shane Watson said that he sympathizes with what Jadeja has gone through in the last one month. Former CSK all-rounder Shane Watson has shared his views on the captaincy change in the middle of the season. The 40-year-old Australian expressed sympathy for Jadeja, highlighting that it will always be a tough task to replace Dhoni.

Watson said, “When I initially heard that Jadeja was going to take over the captaincy, I was stunned! Because everyone knows the kind of respect and aura MS Dhoni has on the field, it has always been for Jadeja. It was going to be difficult no matter what. In the end I feel a little sad for Jadeja because he is a great cricketer and is only getting better.

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Watson, recalling his own exit as the captain of Rajasthan Royals in 2015, explained the burden that comes with captaincy. He said, “As captain I left the Rajasthan Royals captaincy, so I know how difficult it is when you are under pressure, so congratulations Jadeja for taking this decision.”

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Watson added, “Even though Jadeja was told that he would likely take over, things change. If MS wants to play, he can do whatever he wants. He has led CSK to another championship. Also he had a point to prove his batting and he showed this season. The entire franchise is built around MS, be it just the leadership structure, the dynamics of the team. He is the person leading the franchise.


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