We will not see Shane Watson don an IPL jersey ever again in the future. The two-time IPL-winning all-rounder recently announced that he has decided to close the cricketing chapter of his life following a disappointing season for the Chennai Super Kings.
Watson’s 2020 IPL campaign mirrored that of his franchise, but that should not take anything away from the fact that the Australian will always remain as one of the greatest players to ever grace the cash-rich league. A two-time ‘Player of the Tournament’ [in 2008 and 2013]; a monstrous hitter of a cricket bat and a very handy seam bowler in his prime, Shane Watson lit up the IPL with his 3-D skills like few have.
Watson finished his career as an all-time IPL great, having scored 3874 runs at an average of 30.99 and a strike-rate of 137.91 with 21 half-centuries and four hundred besides claiming 92 wickets at 29.15.
On that note, here’s a look at Shane Watson’s top-5 IPL performances:
52 off 29 & 3-10, Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals, 1st S/F, IPL 2008
That Shane Watson is a big-match player was once again proved to the hilt during the 1st semi-final of the inaugural IPL between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals.
Watson smashed a whirlwind 29-ball 52- an innings which included 4 fours and 3 monstrous sixes- to help RR post 9-192 in 20 overs.
But he wasn’t done yet! The champion all-rounder three prized scalps in the form of Virender Sehwag, Shikhar Dhawan, and Gautam Gambhir to break the back of the Capitals batting-unit, eventually finishing with figures of 3-10 in three overs as Rajasthan Royals routed the Delhi Capitals by 105 runs to make their way in the summit clash against CSK.