Shane Watson might have retired from international cricket, but the all-rounder is all geared up to represent his new IPL franchise, the Royal Challengers Bangalore. On a personal note, Watson had a great outing in the ICC World T20 2016, despite Australia not making it to the semi-finals. Watson was simply brilliant against India though his side were beaten by the sheer brilliance of Virat Kohli. Out now in Bangalore, Watson spoke on a few topics and below, are the excerpts of his conversation with Cricbuzz.
On playing T20 leagues across the globe:
It’s exciting to be playing leagues like Big Bash, Pakistan Super League, the IPL. I get the privilege to play with a number of players against whom I played international cricket. To get to know people off the field, it’s a great thing. I get to meet a lot of different people. For example: I’ll get to play with Virat and that’s a huge buzz for me. I’ve had a few battles with him on the field and always had the utmost respect for him. Chris Gayle, we’ve had our run-ins. To get to know him off the field is exciting.
On his experiences in Bangalore:
It’s a bit strange to be here. My previous eight years have been with Rajasthan. I had a lot of fun with that franchise but to be able to come to Bangalore, it’s a huge privilege. The quality that RCB have, to play in such a beautiful stadium in Bangalore, so I feel very privileged to be able to play for this franchise. The hotels are very nice here, UB city is great, they have some nice restaurants in there where I can spend my time. I played a few Tests and One-Day Internationals here and always love coming back here.
His plan’s for this year’s IPL:
My plan this year is to hopefully continue with both bat and ball. It’s pretty exciting franchise to be part of. The quality of players that we have is pretty incredible. As an all-rounder, I give the team good options. I think that was one of reason I got to play for Australia at an early age. Very fortunate with the skill set that I have. I certainly enjoy contributing with both bat and ball. Bowling wise, in T20, you can get a bit exposed. I’ve batted in all different positions. I’ve opened, batted at No. 3 and here I’m happy to fit in where ever is required with Chris, Virat and AB as well.