Veteran Australia player Shane Watson announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Monday. Notably, he had called it quits from international cricket way back in 2016 but he continued to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Chennai Super Kings. However, Chennai became the first team to be out of the playoff race for the very first time and the experienced all-rounder decided to hang up his boots.
After the announced, his former Australia teammate Brett Lee paid a nice tribute to Watson. He shared a picture on Instagram of himself and Watson and wrote a post. “Watto, congratulations mate on an unbelievable career! It was such a pleasure to play alongside you and call you a teammate,” added Lee.
“To be able to play the way you did right up to the age of 39 is incredible. To all the keyboard warriors that doubted you, where are they now? Looking forward to celebrating with you with a nice glass of (wine) when I get back.”
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Watto, congratulations mate on an unbelievable career! It was such a pleasure to play along side you and call you a teammate. To be able to play the way you did right up the the age of 39 is incredible. To all the keyboard warriors that doubted you, where are they now? Looking forward to celebrating with you with a nice glass of🍷🍾 when I get back. Not only are you a great mate but you truly are a champion 🥂🍾 Cheers mate To listen to Watto’s announcement go to @srwatson33 and into his stories and swipe up @t20stars
Meanwhile, Brett Lee is currently in Mumbai to his commentator’s job for the Indian Premier League’s broadcaster Star Sports.
Shane Watson finished his T20 career with a whopping 8821 runs from 343 T20s which came at 29.30 and a strike rate of 138.30 as well. The right-arm fast-medium pacer also claimed 216 wickets. Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings, where he has been playing for the last three seasons in the IPL, also congratulated for his celebrated career.
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) November 3, 2020
“Thank you Watto Man, for everything. May your next chapter open with a bang, as always. Farewell beloved,” added on the official Twitter handle of CSK. However, the franchise’s Twitter handle also shared the picture when Shane Watson was sharing his decision to hang up his boots to his CSK teammates.
Watson has had a stunning IPL career over the years. He helped Rajasthan Royals beat CSK to win the title in the inaugural season. He also featured for Royal Challengers Bangalore, before donning the yellow. His performance in the IPL 2008 was one of the highlighted ones as well where he was seen batting with a bloodied knee and the pain. He also won the 2015 ICC World Cup as part of the Australian team on their home soil as well.
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