IPL 2021: Shane Watson ended his IPL career at the Chennai Super Kings.© Instagram
Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, who has been in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the previous 13 seasons, said he will certainly miss the action this year, but he is looking forward to watching the tournament from afar. . Posting a few photos of him in India, Watson said wistfully that he “remembers” the time he spent in his “second home”.
Watson played for Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), then the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). After playing last season, the 39-year-old has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Through the post, Watson recounted how his time at RR had revitalized his international career. He then spoke about his performance on stage with actor Shah Rukh Khan. Watson also said he befriended people he played with.
One of the photos Watson shared was from a round he played for CSK with a bloody knee. In the 2019 IPL final against the Mumbai Indians, Watson suffered a knee injury during a dive but continued to beat. Teammate Harbhajan Singh later revealed that Watson needed six stitches after the game.
In the inaugural IPL season, Watson played a pivotal role for RR, winning four “Man of the Match” awards as well as the “Man of the Tournament” award. He was chosen as Matthew Hayden’s replacement in the Australia squad after his stint in IPL. In 2013, he again won the Player of the Tournament award. A year later, Watson was appointed Captain RR. He was then the highest paid foreign player in the IPL.
In 2016 RCB signed Watson and he led the outfit in a few matches the following season in the absence of Virat Kohli.
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