Shane Watson Turns 39: A Look At His Lesser Known Facts
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Shane Watson Turns 39: A Look At His Lesser Known Facts

Shane Watson
Shane Watson. (Credits - Getty)

Shane Watson was one of the finest players from the golden generation of Australian cricket team. He will go down is history as one of the finest all-rounders to have graced the game. Shane Watson, was however, injury prone but never gave up on the aspect of his fragile body and went to conquer the world with his all-round prowess.

Shane Watson: As a player

Shane Watson gave up on alcohol to make sure he sustains his cricketing career. He did show discomfort with his back and shoulder at times but that did not stop him from becoming a successful cricketer.

Watson made his ODI debut in 2002 when he was selected for South Africa. His debut came after Steve Waugh was sacked for his team’s progress. He then continued to become a regular for the side but missed out on the 2003 World Cup due to an injury, with Andrew Symonds named as his replacement.

Shane Watson
Shane Watson backs India against England. Image Courtesy: ESPN.

From a middle-order batsman, Watson first began opening in the 2016 Champions Trophy along with Adam Gilchrist. He played a prominent role in that edition and the 2009 Champions Trophy by scoring consecutive centuries and helping Australia defend their title.

Watson retired from international cricket in 2016 with over 10000 runs to his name and 14  years old career. He had retired from Test cricket a year earlier. He, however, continued plying his trade in franchise T20 leagues across the world.

Shane Watson: What is he up to now?

Shane Watson is spending time with his family during the lockdown situation in Australia. He remains active on social media, with one of his last post on Twitter, paying tribute to Sushant Singh Rajput after his untimely demise.

Shane Watson: Lesser known facts

Shane Watson Turns 39: A Look At His Lesser Known Facts
Shane Watson. Credit: BCCI

Shane Watson received a scholarship from AIS (Australian Cricket Academy) in 2000. He is the only player to win four consecutive man of the match award at an ICC event. Watson is the only player to win the ICC player of the year award across formats. Between 2011 to 2015, he was the highest paid non-Indian cricketer.