Former Australian opener Shane Watson has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. He said goodbye to international cricket four years ago, in 2016. This time, the 39-year-old star cricketer ended his cricket career. The last 20 years of cricket.
Despite leaving international cricket, Watson has played franchise cricket in various parts of the world for the past four years. Last of all his tournament is the ongoing IPL. He played for Chennai. He played the last match of his career for Chennai against Kolkata Knight Riders last Thursday.
The decision brings the curtains down on a glittering IPL career, one that saw him lift two titles, in 2008 (RR) and 2018 (CSK) and two player of the tournament awards (2008 and 2013). In all, Watson played 145 games for three teams in the competition, scoring 3874 runs at a strike-rate of 137.91. He hit four centuries and also claimed a hat-trick amongst his 92 IPL wickets. The 39-year-old has also captained both Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The brevity of 20-overs cricket suited the all-rounder who played franchise cricket in Australia, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and West Indies. He helped Rajasthan Royals win the inaugural IPL title in 2008, when he was adjudged player of the tournament, and also won the 2018 crown with Chennai.