One of Australia’s greatest all-rounder Shane Watson is celebrating his 35th birthday today. He retired from all forms of cricket in 2016 after playing the World T20 2016 in India. He was Australia’s great batsmen too and was comfortable to bat at any given position. He opened for Australia on a couple of occasions and was the key batsman at the middle order.
Watson never fulfilled his potential in Test cricket which disappoints his fans even today, though he played for last 15-years as a limited over all-rounder and performed par excellence. His Test batting was mercilessly criticized. In 2015 Ashes tour in England he was gutted when England bruised Australia in very departments. Under pressure, Watson failed and decided to announce his retirement. At the same time, Cricket Australia also gave him an ultimatum for the retirement from all form of international cricket. He played outstanding cricket during the T20 World Cup in India. He was the only Australian batsman who played well in that tournament. In IPL he played the role of a bowler and a batsman who can play quick 30 odd run innings. He successfully played that role given to him by Kohli at RCB. To me, he still had limited over cricket was still left in him but he bid adieu to the game as Cricket Australia wanted him to retire. But the all-rounder still has chances to give his fans thrilling moments playing franchise-based cricket around the world.
Here are best 5 innings of Shane Watson’s international career.