Shane Watson announced his retirement from IPL which makes him retire from all forms of cricket. The Australian all-rounder announced his retirement from international cricket in 2016 and continued to play for CSK in IPL since 2018.
Shane Watson announces his Retirement from IPL
This closing chapter is going to be so hard to top, but I am going to try.
I truly am forever grateful to have lived this amazing dream.
Now onto the next exciting one…#thankyou https://t.co/Og8aiBcWpE
— Shane Watson (@ShaneRWatson33) November 3, 2020
Watson spill his retirement news earlier
Earlier, the Times of India reported that Watson had told his teammates that he would be hanging his boots from all formats of the game. Watson, 39, reportedly made the statement after CSK beat Kings XI Punjab in their last league game of IPL 2020.
“Watson was very emotional when he told the CSK dressing room after the last game that he would retire. He said that it was a great privilege for him to play for the franchise,” a source told TOI.
Watson’s game with CSK sofar
Watson, from Australia, had already retired from international cricket in 2016. Shane Watson was bought by the Chennai Super Kings in the 2018 IPL auction. He has been a part of CSK since 2018, playing a huge part in their title victory that year.
Watto was the Man of the Final in the 2018 edition where he smashed an unbeaten century against Sunrisers Hyderabad. He nearly did an encore in the 2019 final against Mumbai Indians, but CSK fell one run short.
Though CSK lost the finals of the IPL 2019 Watson impressed everyone by playing with an injury which later stats to bleed.
Watson – one of the best IPL all-rounder
Watson made 555 and 398 runs for CSK in the 2018 and 2019 season but has not had a good run in 2020, where he made only 299 runs from 11 innings. It included an 83* against KXIP earlier in the tournament that led CSK to victory.
Shane Watson will retire from IPL as one of its most decorated allrounders. He scored 3,874 runs at an average of 30.99 with the help of 4 centuries and 21 fifties. With the ball, he picked up 92 wickets.
Will Watson continue to work with CSK?
The report also suggested that Watson can be added to the CSK support staff for the 2021 season. CSK coach Stephen Fleming had spoken about the need to rebuild, saying they’ll look at a fresh core group for the next decade.
“It’s a great challenge,” Fleming said at the post-match press conference. “It’s great fun and there’s responsibility around it, but when you get the likes of Ruturaj (Gaikwad) come through and some of the players getting the mix of youth and old.
We go back to the same team which Mr. Srinivasan and CSK picked and how right they got it. We’re looking to do the same if we can get a decade of consistent cricket from a side, you’re doing something right. So, we’re tapping into that and yeah there’s big responsibility. Teams now and squads are a lot smarter and they really want what they want, so talent is at a premium. But, it’s one of the challenges, good and exciting challenges of being involved with an IPL side.”