One of the finest limited-overs all-rounders of the modern era, Shane Robert Watson was the ideal package for white-ball cricket. The ability to dominate pace as well as spin apart from clever medium pace, Watson emerged as one of the bedrock of Australian cricket after the retirements of Gilchrist and Hayden.
One of the few cricketers to win two World Cups (2007 and 2015), Watson played 307 internationals for the Aussies and amassed 10, 050 runs and claimed 291 wickets. He has been of the superstars of the Indian Premier League. From winning the Player of the tournament in the first edition to scoring a match-winning hundred in the 2018 finals; three years after his retirement, Watson will always be in the pantheon of IPL hall of fame.
Watto and White Shark
Date of Birth:
17 June 1981
Age (as on 2018):
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
Zodiac sign/Sun sign:
Ipswich Grammar School, Ipswich, Queensland
vs Pakistan at SCG, 2 January 2005
vs South Africa at Centurion, 24 March 2002
vs South Africa at Wanderers, 24 February 2006
New South Wales, Chennai Super Kings, Australia, Islamabad United, Sydney Sixers, Canterbury, Sydney Thunder
Nature on field:
Likes to play against:
India, New Zealand
lofted hit over mid-off and backfoot lofted shot over deep-midwicket
Career Turning Point
Watson holds the record for the highest individual ODI score, he plundered 185 off 96 balls against Bangladesh in 2011, an innings which included fifteen 6s.
Four consecutive Man of the Matches award in ICC World T20 2012.
Watson is also the first player to hit a century and take a wicket in a same T20 match.
Had highest runs, wickets, and sixes in the 2012 edition of the World T20.
The only cricketer to have won the Australian Player of the Year award for all three formats of the game.
Watson is also the only player to win the ‘Player of the tournament’ twice in the 11 years of Indian Premier League.
Playing Guitar and Singing
Viv Richards, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, Mike Hussey, Steve Waugh, Mark Waugh, and Brian Lara
Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee
Favourite Cricket Ground:
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Favourite sports Commentator:
Rajasthani Lambi Dish, roasted chicken and pizza
Russell Crowe, Jacinta Stapleton
Jaipur, Maldives and Kenya
Girlfriends, Spouse and Children
Son: William Watson (2013), Daughter:- Matilda Victoria Watson
Awards and recognitions
The 2010 and 2011 Alan Border Medal recipient
Australian ODI Player of the year:- 2010, 2011, 2012
Player of the tournament in IPL:- 2098, 2013
Watson’s nude pose for a cricket photoshoot created a lot of furore in the cricketing world.
During the 2008 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Watson was involved in an ugly physical altercation with Gautam Gambhir.
Lesser Known Facts
Though Watson is a Queenslander, he initially played domestic cricket for Tasmania.
In 2014, Watto was Australia’s highest paid cricketer.
Watson won the Alan Border Medal thrice.
His first Test wicket was Younis Khan.
In 2006, during the ICC Champions Trophy in India, his stomach’s pain was misconstrued as an heart-attack.
Watson loves listening to Sweet child o’ mine by Guns N’ Roses before batting, and Battle Scars by Guy Sebastian before bowling.