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Watson is confident

Mumbai: Having been part of Rajasthan Royals’ campaign in all six previous editions, including the triumphant one in the inaugural year 2008, Australia all-rounder Shane Watson feels the Jaipur franchise have their strongest-ever team in the Indian Premier League this season.

“I’ve got no prediction, apart from (that) we’re certainly going to be extremely competitive. We’ve got, in my thoughts, the strongest squad we’ve ever had for the Royals.

“We’ve got really hard quality options and back-up for every position in our team which we haven’t exactly had every year in the past.

“But that doesn’t certainly guarantee success or any more success than we’ve had previously because the opposition have got the same thing as well with one less team this year (which) means that there’re more hard quality players that are around to better be in every list as well.”

Watson who has played 52 Tests, 173 ODIs and 45 T20Is for Australia said the Royals had some very good players in their ranks with last year’s core group having been retained, besides augmenting the side. (PTI)