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IPL 2019: 3 CSK players who need to step up their game in the playoffs

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Modified 07 May 2019, 10:17 IST
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#1 Shane Watson

Shane Watson
Shane Watson's 96 runs against SRH is his only valuable knock in this season

Shane Watson had an incredible IPL season last year as he scored 555 runs from 15 innings with a strike rate of 154.59. Besides, he scored two centuries in the last year's IPL, with one of them coming in the all-important final.

Hence, plenty was expected from the Australian all-rounder this season. However, he has disappointed everyone with his inconsistent knocks. In 14 matches, he has managed to score only 258 runs, with 96 of them coming in a single game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Besides, he is the batsman to be dismissed the most number of times (10) within the powerplay (overs 1-6) this season. As a result, CSK have frequently lost a minimum of one wicket within the powerplay in 10 out of their 14 league games. 

Since MS Dhoni loves to stick with a same set of players, Watson might still feature in the upcoming Qualifier 1 clash against Mumbai Indians despite his repeated failures, but he needs to step up his game big time.  

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Published 06 May 2019, 20:53 IST
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