IPL 2019: Shane Watson’s PSL heroics a good sign for CSK
Shane Watson scored a match-winning hundred in the 2018 IPL final. © BCCI

Fans of defending Indian Premier League champions Chennai Super Kings have another reason to feel optimistic about IPL 2019 – the batting form of Shane Watson.

The former Australia allrounder and two-time World Cup winner was on Sunday named Player of the Series and Batsman of the Series in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) after helping his franchise Quetta Gladiators to the title.

Watson, 37, ended the tournament as the leading run-getter with 430 at a strike-rate of 143.81 with four half-centuries. In all, he hit 22 sixes (the most in the PSL) and 43 fours. (READ: Preview: Chennai Super Kings target encore)

In Sunday’s PSL final, Watson was run out for just seven and did not bowl in Gladiators’ eight-wicket win over Peshawar Zalmi to claim the title, but was named the PSL’s most valuable player and best batsman. (READ: Chennai Super Kings – five players to watch out for)

In the Qualifier last week, Watson dominated with 71 off 43 balls, including six sixes and five fours, and the wicket of Kieron Pollard in his only over bowled as Quetta beat Peshawar Zalmi by 10 runs. (READ: MS Dhoni, CSK players sweat it out, fans allowed free entry at practice session)

This puts Watson, retired from international cricket since 2016 when he played the last of his 58 T20Is for Australia, as a pivotal force for CSK ahead of IPL 2019.

He was a vital player for CSK as he won his second IPL title with a century in the final. Watson finished the 2018 IPL season with 555 runs.