Ahead of IPL 2022, former Australia
all-rounder Shane Watson said he is impressed with Delhi Capitals captain
Rishabh Pant and opener Prithvi Shaw. Former Chennai Super Kings player, Watson joined the
franchise’s coaching staff which is headed by former Australia captain Ricky
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The IPL 2022 is starting on March 26 with
defending champions CSK taking on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the season
opener at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
During a pre-season media interaction,
Watson also said he is looking forward to working with DC captain Pant.
“Looking forward to getting to know Pant,
finding out what exactly makes him tick and finding out how I can help him in
any way possible,” Watson said.
“Prithvi Shaw is someone I find very
fascinating. The talent this young guy has is spectacular. He has incredible
Watson will also reengage with Shardul
Thakur at DC. Both Thakur and Watson were teammates at Chennai Super Kings.
“Another guy I’m looking forward to
working with is Shardul Thakur,” he said.
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“I worked with him (Thakur) in CSK.
He’s and extremely skilful cricketer and is continuing to get better. We are
seeing his skill with the ball and quite a few glimpses with the bat as well.
He is a genuine all-rounder in all formats, specially T20.”
Watson also predicted that Delhi Capitals
have a solid chance to win the IPL 2022 as they have been able to build a
“The one thing that stands out for me
is the squad. It is certainly one of the strongest with overseas and Indian
players,” he said.
“DC have been close to winning the
title and I feel they have what it takes to cross the line. There are not too
many hole in the squad let alone team.”
Last season DC topped the IPL points table
but lost to Chennai Super Kings in the first qualifier and then in the second
qualifier, they lost to KKR.
DC will open their IPL 2022 campaign against Mumbai Indians on March 27.