Shane Watson has had a decorated international career for Australia. The burly all-rounder who first started as a fiery fast bowler and a good lower order batsman, was plagued with multiple back injuries. Thus, the Queenslander had to remodel his action and shorten his run up and transformed himself into medium pace bowler. On the batting side though, Watson went from strength to strength and by late 2000’s he was opening the batting for a strong Australian team.
Amongst other glorious moments in a glittering career, the best ones would have to be his match-defining centuries in the Champions Trophy 2009 semi finals and finals. The right-hander soon found himself opening for the Test team too and one must admit, that apart from being a big LBW candidate on a few occasions, he did quite well with the baggy green too.
By the time Watson called time on his international career in 2016, he had scored over 10000 international runs and taken 291 wickets. He also found himself playing for various T20 teams around the globe and in fact, was the man of the series in the inaugural edition of the cash rich IPL. The hard hitting batsman has in fact still not hung up his boots as far as the IPL is concerned and plies his trade for the Chennai Super kings.
The all-rounder who himself captained the Sydney Thunder in BBL, has played under various captains in international cricket and domestic T20 leagues. When asked his favourite captain, he didn’t just take one name but in fact came up with four. These include, Shane Warne (Rajasthan Royals), Ricky Ponting (Australia), Rahul Dravid (Rajasthan Royals) and last but not the least MS Dhoni (CSK). One must say that Watson played that incoming googly with a straight bat and negotiated it safely.
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