Three-time champion Chennai Super Kings’ Australian opener Shane Watson on Sunday announced his retirement from franchise cricket after his team’s last league match of the season against Kings XI. He told his CSK teammates that he would retire from all formats. However he was not a part of Playing-XI in this match.
The former Australian batsman had already retired from international cricket when CSK bought him out of auction in 2018. He played many times in the team’s victory.
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He scored a century in the IPL final of 2018, due to which Chennai won the trophy for the third time. Watson played 145 matches in his IPL career and scored a total of 3874 runs. He scored 4 centuries and 21 half-centuries. He also has 92 wickets in his name.
A source in the CSK team told our affiliate Times of India, ‘When Watson told fellow players in the dressing room after the last league match that he would retire from franchise cricket, he was very emotional. He said it was a great privilege for him to play for the Chennai franchise.
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The 2020 season was not much special for Watson. However he only played a crucial innings of 83 not out against Kings XI Punjab. Watson is considered a good friend of Dhoni, the captain of the team, and it is likely that he will be included in the CSK support staff next year.
“Watson has always done very well for us, and an Dhoni knows how important this player can be if he is used properly,” said an official.