Australian player Shane Watson has officially decided to hang his boots as he announces his formal retirement from all forms of cricket.
Back in 2015, Shane Watson announced his retirement from professional cricket. In 2018, he was bought by the Chennai Super Kings of the Indian Premier League. After being a vital part of the team for two years, he has already announced his formal retirement from all formats of the sport.
For this season of the IPL, Watson gave out a promising performance. In fact, he played a huge part in the team’s final match against the Kings XI Punjab on Sunday which they won by nine wickets. It was after that said game when he formally informed the team about his decision.
Last Tuesday, he released a video on his personal account to announce the said decision. There, he said, ‘This closing chapter is going to be so hard to top, but I am going to try. I truly am forever grateful to have lived this amazing dream’.
‘It all started as a dream as a young kid saying to my Mum, as I watched a Test match, that I want to play for Australia. Now as I officially announce my retirement from all cricket I feel crazily lucky to live my dream. To think that I’m finishing my playing days as a 39-year-old, after all of my injury setbacks that I had along the way, I feel so ridiculously fortunate’, he added.
Before having played for CSK, Watson also used to be a part of the Rajasthan Royals and the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. Back in 2008, he played a huge part in the Royals’ title win in the maiden season of the league.
After playing in the league for a long time, he has already been considered as one of the league’s icons as he had 3,874 runs and 92 wickets to his name. He has already played in a total of 145 IPL games since the league started.
Looking back on his international career, he was a part of the Australian side when they won the ICC World Cup twice, one in 2007 and in 2015. Aside from that, he has managed to play 59 Tests, 190 ODIs and 58 T20s. To further understand these formats of cricket, visit Betwala.
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