IPL 2020: Shane Watson Announces Retirement From All-Forms of Cricket

Shane Watson’s performance in the 2018 and 2019 finals is among the best in the tournament.

Earlier today, Shane Watson broke the news to his teammates about him retiring from all formats of cricket.
The 39-year-old retired after a season in which he was slightly inconsistent with the bat.

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Shane Watson played 11 games this season and scored 299 runs.
Shane Watson had some good starts but could not push on to make big innings.

This season notable innings for him would be his 83 against Punjab. Watson shared an opening partnership with Faf Du Plessis to chase down a steep target and break CSK’s losing streak.

They achieved the target with all their wickets intact and Watson also found form in the process.
His last game was against the Knight Riders in which he made 14 runs.

With CSK looking to revamp their squad, keeping the future in mind, Watson may have felt it was the right time to move on.
Given his friendship with MS Dhoni, Watson may still return as a member of the support staff for all we know.

Watson made his international debut in 2002 and suffered from a lot of injuries early in his career.
He is a magnificent all-rounder and is often compared to Jacque Kallis.

He bowls medium-fast and in many cases has been the third place in the side while also opening the batting.
He was a part of the victorious world cup winning sides in 2007 and 2015.

Watson has also led Australia, Rajasthan Royals, and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the past.

He announced his retirement from international cricket in 2016. Shane Watson’s retirement marked the end of a golden era of players from the early-2000s in Australia.

One of the greatest all-rounders in the IPL, Shane Watson has been a crucial part of the league from the inaugural season.

He started off in the Rajasthan Royals and has quickly gone on to become a crucial player for them, winning the man of the tournament award in the inaugural season.

Following Shane Warne’s retirement, Shane Watson along with Rahul Dravid rebuilt a team full of youngsters.

They were both integral members of the side and Shane Watson’s all-round skills helped the team balance immensely.

He won the man of the tournament award again in 2013 and was retained ahead of the auction in 2014.

With Rahul Dravid retiring in 2013, Watson was left with a group of young and talented players who have now grown to become star players.

In 2016, Shane Watson went to the Royal Challengers Bangalore and played two relatively quiet seasons for them.
He was purchased by the Chennai Super Kings in 2018 and was a part of a team with higher average age.

Shane Watson
Shane Watson has been a part of the IPL from the initial season

Shane Watson started well with the Super Kings and was very impressed with the bat.
He opened the batting and bowling on a few occasions and made two centuries in 2018.

His century against the Sunrisers in the finals was one of this best innings as he took ten balls to get off the mark.

2019 wasn’t as good a year for Watson as he was very inconsistent. Despite his inconsistency, Watson was backed well and played another good inning in the finals.

He nearly took the Super Kings over the line, even after sustaining a knee injury.

2020 has been a disappointing year for both Watson and CSK as both didn’t perform anywhere near their best.

Shane Watson struggled to convert his starts and is no longer the fastest between wickets, making it tougher for him to rotate strike.
He endured a silent series and has now announced his retirement from all forms of the game.

Shane Watson’s retirement from the IPL is a significant one as the IPL has lost a player who has been a crucial part of the tournament.

Shane Watson is one of the greatest all-rounders the league has seen and has won so many games while also breaking so many records on his own.
He has 3874 runs in the IPL along with four centuries.

He has also picked up 92 wickets in 145 matches and is one of the most experienced players in the league.
The retirement of Watson can surely be seen as the end of an era in the IPL.

Sanjay Sanapoori

A mechanical engineering student, who has immense love for cricket. Been a fan of the game since 2009 and would love to stay involved with Cricket someway or the other.