Former Australian international cricketer Shane Watson has been appreciated for his passionate batting in IPL 2019 final with his bloodied knee. Recently, he has brought great news for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) fans.
Shane Watson played decent cricket in recently concluded IPL 2019. The right-handed batsman was the second most run-scorer for CSK in this IPL season. He scored 398 runs in 17 innings with an average of 23.41 and strike-rate of 127.56. He scored three half-centuries in this IPL season, including his brilliant knock in IPL 2019 final.
While CSK participated in this IPL season as the defending champions, they faced Mumbai Indians (MI) in the final of this tournament. After MI managed to score 149/8 (20 overs) in the first innings of that final, CSK opener Shane Watson provided a decent start.
However, the other CSK batsmen failed to perform in that crucial match. Only Watson fought almost single-handedly to chase that target. The right-handed opening batsman scored 80 runs off 59 balls before losing his wicket through a run-out in the last over. In the end, CSK managed to score 148/7 in 20 overs as they lost that final by just one run.
Later, it was revealed that Shane Watson played that incredible innings with a bloodied knee. He got six stitches on that left knee after playing that innings. Many cricket fans have applauded Watson for his magnificent effort in that final.
I am looking forward to come back next year – Shane Watson
Recently, Watson thanked everyone for supporting him. He also claimed that it was an amazing final, but they just missed to win that.
Then Watson has claimed that he is looking forward to returning next IPL season (IPL 2020) and take CSK one step further.
In a recent Instagram video, Watson said, “Hello everyone, I want to thank everyone for the love, support and best wishes that you’ve given me over the last couple of days. We were so close to going past the finish line against Mumbai but it was an amazing final.
“I am looking forward to come back next year to take that one step further. Thanks again, everyone for all the support. WhistlePodu!”
Here is that video:
— Shane Watson (@ShaneRWatson33) May 16, 2019
Watson joined CSK in IPL 2018. While CSK won that IPL season, Watson was their second most run-scorer. He scored 555 runs in 15 innings with an average of 39.64 and strike-rate of 154.59. In the IPL 2018 final against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Watson scored a match-winning century. In that match, he scored an unbeaten 117-run off 57 balls which helped them to chase 179 runs target.
Shane Watson is playing IPL from the inaugural season (2008). In his IPL career, he has played for Rajasthan Royals (2008-2015) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (2016-2017), before joining CSK. After playing 134 IPL matches, Watson has scored 3,575 runs with an average of 31.08 and strike-rate of 139.53. He has scored four centuries and 19 half-centuries in IPL career.
Meanwhile, he has also taken 92 wickets in IPL career as a right-arm medium pacer.