Shane Watson can still play for Australian cricket team, says Marcus Stoinis

Shane Watson can still play for Australian cricket team, says Marcus Stoinis

Sunrisers Hyderabad bowler Sandeep Sharma reacts during their IPL final against Chennai Super Kings.

He led tributes to Watson.

Watson, whose disastrous IPL campaign in 2017 saw him score just 71 runs in eight matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore, scored 555 runs in 15 matches at an average of 39.64 this year for CSK this year.

Dhoni's decision to insert the Sunrisers, after some moments of drama over what had actually been Williamson's call (tail), had been contrary to conventional wisdom which demands putting runs on the board in key matches, especially a final.

"I want to dedicate this award to those who lost their lives in a blast during a cricket game in my hometown", Rashid said at the post-match presentation ceremony on Friday night.

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Captain Kane Williamson earlier became only the fifth player to make 700 runs in an IPL season, the New Zealand global scoring 47 in the Sunrisers' total of 178-6.

He then smashed two fours and three successive sixes off Sandeep in the 13th over, which went for 27 runs as Williamson ran out of ideas over how to stem the flow of runs. Thanks to his heroics with both bat and ball, the man has been receiving overwhelming accolades from all across the globe, including a special tweet from Tollywood superstar Mahesh Babu. Shane Watson was at 86 off 45 balls while CSK was at 131/1 and needed only 48 runs off 42 balls.

But after reining in Watson at the start and taking South African opener Faf du Plessis for 10 in the third over, the Hyderabad bowlers were put to the sword. Suresh Raina made 32 while Ambati Rayudu ended up unbeaten on 16, including hitting the winning boundary off the bowling of Carlos Brathwaite in the penultimate over. As many as 92 runs came through the big hits.

Watson was just one of nine members of the Chennai squad to be aged over 30.

Afghan leaders have also praised Rashid for his performance.

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The God of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar, spoke for millions, when he tweeted this, "Always felt @rashidkhan_19 was a good spinner but now I wouldn't hesitate in saying he is the best spinner in the world in this format".

But Dhoni acknowledged that he could not push his whole team to run like a 20-year-old.

"We talked a lot about age but what matters is the fitness". Although he looks like a pretty experienced lad with his tall and wiry built, Archer is just 23 years old.

"So what you tell yourself is that they have to commit and try, but there´s no point getting injured for a single".

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