The veteran opener of Chennai Super Kings franchise Shane Watson did not enjoy a good game this season IPL so far. For CSK, Watson played 11 games and scored only 299 runs at an average of 29.9 and a strike rate of 121.05. However, Watson replaced at the top by Ruturaj Gaikwad in the final three games, and fortunately, CSK went on to win all three matches.
According to The Times of India report, Watson has informed his CSK teammates that he will be retiring from all sports formats, which means he will not return in the yellow jersey again.
“Shane Watson was very emotional when he told the CSK dressing room after the last game that he would retire. He said that it was a great privilege for him to play for the franchise,” Times of India source said.
CSK was the first team to be eliminated from this season of IPL. However, they played their final game of the season against Kings XI Punjab, where they beat KXIP with nine wickets to end the campaign on a high. At the post-match presentation, captain MS Dhoni said that the franchise would be looking to renovate its core group going into the next season.
In the past few years, Watson has been a key figure for CSK. The former Australian all-rounder was picked up in the auction by CSK in 2018 and smashed a century in the final to seal the trophy for CSK. In the 2019 IPL final Watson was once again the star of the show for the franchise but lost to Mumbai Indians by just one run.
When you look back at Watson’s previous IPL career, when he played for Rajasthan Royals, his sensational performance beat CSK to win the title in the maiden season. Before joining the CSK, Watson played for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Watson’s outstanding performance in the 2018 final had helped resurrect his international career. Shane Watson was also part of the 2015 world cup winner Australia team.
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