Full name Shane Watson
Born June 17, 1981, Ipswich, Queensland
Playing role Allrounder
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Arguably the best limited-overs all-rounder of the fashionable era, Shane Watson was the perfect package for white-ball cricket. He had the facility game, could handle pace and spin with equal ease aside from being an ingenious medium pacer himself. Like most all-rounders, he also began his international career within the middle order before eventually being promoted as an opener. it had been while batting at the highest of the innings that Watson made a number of his most destructive knocks – notably the semi-final and final knocks of the 2009 Champions Trophy where he almost single-handedly took Australia to the title.
Watson made his international debut in 2002 during the tour of South Africa within the ODI series. Australia had just appointed Ricky Ponting because the skipper and also decided to form a variety overhaul of sorts. With their obsession for bits-and-pieces all-rounders, Watson was a clear selection considering that he was quite just a utility all-rounder. However, fitness was an enormous issue for him, because it would end up to be throughout his career. He had to battle his body more times than he had to affect bad form and that’s telling tons . Despite all that, Watson had a reasonably good international career, especially in limited-overs cricket where he truly shone.
The success in white-ball cricket gave Watson the prospect in Tests in 2005 but injuries plagued him during a big way which meant that he had to attend till the 2008-09 season to play the format frequently. Like in ODIs, here also Watson started off as a middle order batsman before being pushed to the opening squeeze the midst of a grueling Ashes series. He didn’t struggle as many expected he would, instead started the new role with a flourish but that move to send him to the highest in Tests was probably in hindsight a confidence-destroying move to his Test career. Although he had success within the initial phase as an opener, the bowlers then started sorting him out, particularly with the LBW trap thanks to his tendency to fiddle the front pad.
The latter stages of Watson’s Test career was a blob as he huffed and puffed within the format. Nevertheless, he did play a couple of fine knocks also although most of them got clouded by the dismal finish to his career. However, he was always a force to reckon with within the shorter formats. The T20 format was also his pet – he had exceptional success not just for Australia but also within the IPL where he became a household name thanks to his all-round skills. After the Ashes defeat in England in 2015, Watson decided to quit from Tests. He played the ODIs that followed but was dropped soon after and in 2016, decided to call it quits from all sorts of cricket.
It won’t be wrong to mention that Watson hasn’t always been talked about the maximum amount as he deserved to. He didn’t have a lovable personality for that perhaps and his comical tryst with the DRS made him further unpopular as he would often make bizarre reviews against seemingly plumb LBW calls. But all the jokes apart, the very fact is that he was a gun player for Australia in white-ball cricket, a true giant who could have done even better if he had better fitness. Post retirement, Watson has been having a gala time within the T20 leagues across the world .
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