Chennai Super Kings opener Shane Watson did not enjoy a good Indian Premier League season in the United Arab Emirates in 2020. In 11 matches for CSK, Watson scored just 299 runs at an average of 29.90 and a strike rate of 121.05. He was topped by Ruturaj Gaikwad in the final three matches and CSK won all three matches.
Now, according to a report in The Times of India, Watson has informed his CSK teammates that he will retire from all formats of the game, which means he will not return to the yellow jersey again next year. (IPL 2020 full coverage)
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“Watson was very emotional when he told the CSK dressing room after the last game that he would retire. He said it was a great privilege for him to play for the franchise. The Times of India report Quoting a sutra.
CSK were the first team to be eliminated from the IPL 2020, and on Sunday, they played their final match of the season against Kings XI Punjab, where they won 9 wickets to end the campaign. At the post-match presentation ceremony, CSK captain MS Dhoni had indicated that the franchise is trying to improve its core group next season.
Watson has been a key figure for CSK over the years. In 2018, the former Australian all-rounder was picked up at auction by CSK and scored a century in the all-important final to help his team win the trophy. He was once again the star of the show for the franchise in the 2019 finals, but CSK lost to Mumbai Indians by just one run.
Watson’s IPL career has been poor in the last few years. His performance helped Rajasthan Royals beat CSK to win the title in the first season. Prior to joining CSK, he also played for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
His performance in the IPL in 2008 helped revive his international career. He won the 2015 ICC World Cup with the Australian team.
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