5 Cricketers who can replace Shane Watson in Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
Shane Watson is arguably one of the greatest limited-overs cricketers and is hard to replace.
Published - Oct 20, 2019 2:13 pm | Updated - Oct 20, 2019 2:13 pm
It’s not too long that the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will have to click the refresh button and build a team for the future. The average age of the side is quite high, and it is quite difficult for most of the players to pull through for a few more seasons. Amongst the first line of players for whom replacements should be found, Shane Watson will surely find a place.
He might have been a wonderful player for several years now. But he is already 38 years old and has had issues with both his form and fitness. It remains an uncertainty even if he’d play the upcoming season. Moreover, the Australian struggled to put bat to ball in IPL 2019 until the final.
Thus, CSK will have to start identifying alternatives for him soon even though he is available for the upcoming season just to be on the safer side. If such a situation arises, here are the possible alternatives who can replace such a prolific player such as him up to a certain extent.
Five players who can replace Shane Watson in CSK:
1. Reeza Hendricks
In the T20 format, South Africa’s Reeza Hendricks is one of the finest talents. The 30-year-old has got a good amount of experience in the shortest format of the game and has impressed everyone with his play. He could be one of the possible alternatives to replace Shane Watson in the CSK set-up.
While he might not be as aggressive a player as Shane Watson, Reeza is quite consistent more often than not and gets his team off to good starts. He is a quality player of spin bowling as well and might be a good option for the subcontinent conditions.
In his career thus far, Reeza Hendricks has played 119 games and scored over 3000 runs. His average that is close to 36 combined with a strike rate of 124 is decent enough. CSK can look to get him at a bargain price in the upcoming auction and see what he has to offer for them.