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Watson’s Swansong

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Having played an instrumental role in the win against Pakistan on Friday smashing 44 at a strike rate of 200 plus, Watson who quit Test cricket last year announced his retirement from the limited overs and first class stage.

He is one of the modern greats of the game, and on Friday Shane Watson stated that he would hang up his boots from international cricket come the end of the World T20.

The former skipper said, “One morning I woke up in Dharamshala to the beautiful view and I don’t know what it was exactly but I knew now was the right time. I’ve really enjoyed my time being back in the Australian squad. But it is quite different, none of the other guys I played with growing up are here anymore. I’ve made the right decision. I couldn’t really see the light with the all the injuries I had.”

WATSON: SOLID WITH BAT, DEADLY WITH BALL

A career constantly setback by injuries, Watson was the personification of true grit and determination as he fought his way back time and again to prove his detractors wrong. With the abilities to stake his place in the side as a full-time batsman or bowler alone, Watson is among the rare breed of all-rounders who opens the batting and bowling for his side frequently.

Of the ten batsmen ahead of him in Australia’s ODI run scoring charts, only Adam Gilchrist has scored at a better strike rate, and only four have more centuries. With 168 wickets in his kitty, he’s also the 8th highest wicket-taker for the Aussies having been involved in 2 World Cup triumphs in 2007 and most recently in 2015.

Watson on song with the bat can tear apart any bowling attack, and his 185 versus Bangladesh tells you just how devastating he can be. At this World T20 too Watto has made some heady contributions with bat and ball donning the openers’ role in both duties. His smashing 44* off 21 on Friday helped the Aussies post a formidable target and knock Pakistan out of the Cup. But now, Watson will be setting his sights on the Indian team, knowing that a good showing could end the Aussies’ quest for a World T20 crown and allow his to leave on the greatest of highs.

While the 34 year-old never did justice to his talent on the test stage, his abilities in the limited overs formats put him right up there as one of the finest all-rounders to play the game. An entertainer to the core and a player any captain would love to have in his side – but will he have his final hurrah, that remains to be seen.

 

 

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