Australian cricketer Shane Watson was one of the most talented all-rounders in the world. He was an aggressive right-hand batsman and right-arm medium-fast swing bowler. After showing promise, he was selected for the Australian Cricket Team for ODIs in March 2002. His Test debut came against Pakistan in January 2005. His performances improved over time, and he was the No1 T20I player in the world for a record 120 consecutive weeks (October 2011 to January 2014). He is the fastest Australian to score 5000 runs and take 150 wickets. He is the only player in T20s to have scored a century and taken four wickets in the same match.
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Watson has won two cricket World Cups and two ICC Champions trophies. Despite this success, he was never able to reach his full potential due to injuries that caused him to miss some major tournaments. He was named Test and ODI vice-captain in 2011 and has led Australia on multiple occasions. He was the last player of Australia’s golden era to retire as he bid farewell to an illustrious career in November 2020.
|Date of Birth||17 June 1981|
|Team||Chennai Super Kings|
|Auction Price||INR 4 crore|
|Bowling Style||Right-arm Medium Fast|
Watson started his IPL venture with the Rajasthan Royals. He won the Player of the tournament with them in 2008. The underdogs went on to win the trophy with Watson their leading run-scorer and third-highest wicket-taker. Due to International commitment, he missed the second season. He won the Player of the tournament again in 2013, scoring over 500 runs and picking up 13 wickets. He made his maiden T20 century that season, smashing 101 runs off 61 balls against Chennai Super Kings.
Watson also captained the Royals in 2014 but had a modest outing with the bat that year. 2015 was a good year for him, although he didn’t play the whole season due to an injury setback. He scored 347 runs from 10 games at an average of 43. He also scored an unbeaten century versus the Kolkata Knight Riders.
The spot-fixing scandal hit the IPL in 2016, and CSK and RR were banned. Watson moved to pastures new as RCB purchased him in the auctions. He had his worst performance in the IPL as he averaged just 13 over 16 games. He was successful with the ball in hand though as he picked up 20 wickets. The following year was just as bad as he scored just 71 runs from 8 games.
Chennai Super Kings returned in IPL 2018. MS Dhoni and CSK management showed faith in the Aussie and bagged his services. Watson put an end to his poor form and silenced his critics in style. He took six wickets and scored a mammoth 555 runs, scoring his third and fourth IPL centuries in the process. CSK went on to win the IPL that year and Watson was the hero as he scored a century in the final.
Watson stopped bowling by the 2019 season. He didn’t have quite an impact with the bat but did strike three half-centuries as CSK lost in the finals. His final season was slightly better in terms of numbers but the team in yellow struggled badly and was bottom of the table for the majority of the season.
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Ever wondered what Shane Watson’s worth was in the IPL? Rajasthan Royals bought him for INR 50 lakhs in 2008. His salary steadily grew to INR 7 crores by 2013. In 2014 and 15, he was one of the highest-paid players as he bagged an INR 12.5 crores. For his two-year stint with the Royal Challengers Bangalore, he took home INR 9.5 crores. In 2018, he was snapped up by Chennai Super Kings for INR 4 crores. He was retained in the subsequent seasons for the same price. In total, Watson earned INR 77 crores by competing in the IPL.
Watson signed with Rajasthan Royals during their inaugural season. Under the captaincy of Shane Warne, they became champions by beating Chennai Super Kings in the final. He was with the Rajasthan side for seven out of the first eight seasons. After their suspension, Royal Challengers Bangalore selected him in 2016. He remained with Virat Kohli led side for another year. The following season, in 2018, Chennai Super Kings recruited him. He remained with the side until his retirement in 2020.
Watson is not taking part in IPL 2021. He called time on a glittering career in November 2020. His last stint in the IPL was with the Chennai Super Kings. He scored 299 runs in 11 matches in IPL 2020.
Watson is 40 years old. He was born on 17 June 1981 in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.
Shane Watson retired from international cricket in 2016. He was among the most successful batsmen for Australia during their recent dominance over world cricket. However, after struggling with injuries throughout his career, Watson decided to hang up his boots at age 35. He continued to play T20 franchise cricket in the IPL and PSL, and for the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League. He finally bid goodbye to the 22 yards on 2 November 2020.
Watson started as a bowling all-rounder but went on to become a devastating opening batsman. He is considered to be one of the best all-rounders of his generation, especially in white-ball cricket. The Queenslander is the first Australian to score centuries in all formats of the game. He is the fastest to score 6000 runs and take 200 wickets in T20 matches. He also won several Player of the Series awards in crucial tournaments.