Shane Warne, the Team Jaipur skipper, has finally said it on record that he’s missing Shane Watson more than anybody else in the IPL this year. Sohail Tanvir may have bagged wickets by the plenty, but Warne still believes that Watson’s contributions, both with the bat and the ball, are being highly missed at this moment.
In order to compensate for Watson’s absence, Team Jaipur might launch Australian all-rounder Lee Carseldine in the tournament, an option that Warne says could be good enough, if not as good as Watson himself.
“He’s a terrific all-rounder, can bat for long, has an impressive strike rate. He can also be a good left-arm medium pacer and can add a lot of value to the middle-order,” says Warne of 33-year-old Carseldine.
Watson’s primary ability in last year’s IPL had been to help Jaipur chase targets and keep the required scoring rate high enough. That, Warne says, is a role Carseldine can perform well.
“Watson was very good. He got two man of the match awards and he contributed a lot. I would say Carseldine can be the guy for us this time,” said the skipper. If the Aussie does get to play, he might just come into the side at the cost of Rob Quiney or Dmitri Mascarenhas.