Former Australia allrounder Shane Watson has revealed the sledge that inspired Wahab Riaz’s sensational spell against him during the quarter-final of the 2015 World Cup. The Pakistan pacer gave Shane Watson a tough time during the contest and nearly dismissed the latter.
The famous spell from the left-arm pacer lasted for less than four overs but it was enough to terrorise Shane Watson. Wahab regularly clocked speeds of around 150kph as Pakistan tried desperately to defend a sub-par total of 213 after reducing the hosts to 59 for 3.
Before the fiery spell to Shane Watson, Wahab had already accounted for David and Michael Clarke. But he had saved his best for the former Australia allrounder and when the latter came out to bat, Wahab did not waste any time in unleashing the fiery spell.
Shane Watson reveals the sledge:
In a recent interview, the Australian legend recalled the famous spell from Wahab and revealed his comments that fired up the Pakistan pacer. He revealed how he had tried to get under the skin of Wahab while he was facing Mitchell Starc earlier in the match.
Shane Watson also said it was ‘silly and naive’ of him to sledge Wahab as he revealed he told the pacer “Have you got a hole in your bat?”
“One of the very special moments I had in my career,” Shane Watson said while recalling the match during a question and answer session on Instagram as quoted by Wisden. “Even though at the time it wasn’t as enjoyable, but I look back at the quarter-final against Pakistan with Wahab Riaz going absolutely crazy, bouncing the living daylights out of me, he bowled super accurate and he kept bouncing me.
“It was very silly and naive of me [that] I didn’t realise that Wahab Riaz could bowl that fast. I said something to him – because he kept playing and missing Mitchell Starc – so I ran past him and said, ‘Have you got a hole in your bat? Because you just keep missing the ball’. And again, I didn’t realise he could bowl that fast so once I got out there, I got absolutely peppered.
“I look back at that moment, that was a very special ‘moment to be part of, even though it was super uncomfortable. He got on top of me, I got dropped at fine leg, but yeah, worked out really well in the end,” he added.
Shane Watson, nonetheless had the last laugh. He survived the dangerous spell from Wahab and struck an unbeaten 64 to lead Australia to a six-wicket win. Australia subsequently went on to win the World Cup after beating New Zealand in the final.