Shane Watson tells CSK he is retiring from ‘all forms of cricket’


CHENNAI: Chennai Super Kings‘ Aussie opener Shane Watson announced his retirement from franchise cricket after CSK won their last match against Kings XI on Sunday. He told his CSK mates that he would “retire from all forms of cricket.”
The Aussie opener had already retired from international cricket when CSK bought him in 2018 from the auctions. He played a big role with his century in the 2018 final that helped CSK win the title for the third time.

“Watson was very emotional when he told the CSK dressing room after the last game that he would retire. He said that it was a great privilege for him to play for the franchise,” a source told TOI.

Before CSK, Watson had also turned out for Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and had played a huge role in winning RR the first title in 2008. The 39-year-old Aussie, who has played 59 Tests, 190 ODIs and 58 T20s at the international level, has played a total of 145 IPL games, of which 43 matches were for CSK.

Though he had an indifferent 2020 season, Watson still played a couple of important knocks with an 83 not out against Kings XI Punjab in the first leg. Apart from his century in the 2018 final, Watson’s brilliant show in the 2019 final was also a superb effort when CSK fell one run short.
Given his friendship with MS Dhoni, it won’t be a surprise if Watson is inducted into the support-staff of CSK as they look to rebuild from 2021.
In fact, Watson’s tenure in IPL got a huge boost in 2018 when Dhoni showed a lot of faith in him and picked him from the auctions despite a couple of indifferent seasons for RCB.
“He has always done very well against us, and Dhoni knows how important a player he could be if he is used properly at the top of the order,” a CSK official had said. Dhoni did exactly that in the next three seasons and now Watson leaves the field with his head held high.



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