Shane Watson Hangs Up His Boots For Big Bash League
The flamboyant striker of the cricket ball Shane Watson has decided to call it quits from the Australian cricket. Watson hanging up his boots for Big Bash League means that he is no longer going to be part of the Australian cricket as a player.
The classy all-rounder has been an incredible servant of Australia. Not only with the bat but also with the Watson proved to be vital for the team with his stunning work on and off the field. The 37-year-old, who quit international cricket in 2016, stood down as Sydney Thunder’s captain and all-time top run-scorer to spend more time with his family.
I have so many amazing memories – Shane Watson
He smacked a century from just 62 balls for the Thunder against the Brisbane Heat last season and hit 96 off 53 balls for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League this week, which tells you the calibre of Shane Watson as a batsman even at this age.
“I have so many amazing memories that I will savour forever with the one standout being our (tournament) win in 2016,” he said. To my teammates, I have played with so many great people and cricketers at the club and I sincerely wish everyone the absolute best for the upcoming seasons.”
Watson was a devastating batsman for us:
The 37-year-old played for Sydney Thunder in the BBL and was a part of the team for four years, captaining the side in the past three BBL seasons. Watson has called time on his BBL career after finishing as the Sydney Thunder’s all-time leading run-scorer with 1014 runs.
“Shane Watson was one of the most exciting short-form players ever to grace a cricket field,” Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts said on Friday (April 26). “Talented, skillful and powerful, Shane was a devastating batsman at his best. It was only a few months ago he scored a century from just 62 balls for the Thunder against the Brisbane Heat at the Gabba.
Watson is currently playing for Chennai Super Kings in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. He was awarded the Man of the Match in the team’s last match against Sunrisers Hyderabad after playing a knock of 96 runs off just 53 deliveries.
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson had retired from international cricket in 2015 but has continued to play T20 cricket for different franchise leagues. Despite leaving BBL, he will play selective overseas tournaments.
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