As Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are set to battle out for the IPL trophy on Friday (October 15) in Dubai, former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has picked his favorite to emerge as the winner of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) in the UAE.
Well, for not much surprise, Watson has picked his former franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as favorites to win the IPL 2021 final against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Dubai on Friday. The former CSK all-rounder explained the reasons why Chennai has got the upper hand in Dubai.
Watson said during a chat on ‘The Grade Cricketer’s’ Podcast, “I’ve got CSK. Not because I am CSK through and through but going into last night’s game (Qualifier 2 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals). I have got no doubt that CSK would have been more comfortable and would have preferred to play KKR in the final in Dubai.”
He further explained, “If they are playing in Sharjah, no way. Going into Dubai, with a really good wicket, the ball doesn’t turn as much; definitely, CSK would have preferred to play KKR. This is because KKR have been playing a lot of their games in Sharjah recently and there is a quick turnaround going into Dubai.”
The Aussie signed off by saying, “CSK has got the upper hand because they have been playing on that wicket recently and have performed pretty well there. CSK will be high on confidence. The moment for where CSK would really go as galvanize together would be MS Dhoni scoring runs.”
CSK and KKR last clashed in an IPL final in 2012 when KKR had beaten Dhoni and his side to win their maiden title under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir.