Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) Australian import Shane Watson announced his retirement from all forms for competitive cricket on Tuesday. The 39-year-old played for CSK in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, where the team finished at seventh place in the table. Watson also bade farewell to the CSK fans in a short video posted on Twitter. Speaking via CSK’s official handle, Watson said, “Hello everyone, the Yellow Army! I just want to announce to everyone that this year for CSK has been my last year in playing cricket.”
“I’m just so grateful, the last three years have been one of the highlights of my career.” Watto’s farewell message to the super fans. #ThankYouWattoMan @ShaneRWatson33 #WhistlePodu #Yellove pic.twitter.com/NYppMFbOJM
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) November 3, 2020
Watson looked visibly emotional, drawing an end to a decorated career. “I am going to be retiring from all kinds from now. Its a very emotional time”, he quipped.
“Grateful for your love and support through the last three years. You never know what’s going to happen in the future, if I am still involved in some way,” he said.
“Hope I have given back to you all for all the support you have given me,” said Watson, who had retired from international cricket in 2016.
The all-rounder had earlier announced the news through his YouTube channel.
In IPL, Watson has represented Rajasthan Royals (RR), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and CSK. In United Arab Emirates (UAE), he scored 299 runs from 11 matches, at a strike rate of 121.05.
He won the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2007 and 2015. He was also the Player of the Tournament at the 2012 T20 World Cup. In total, he represented Australia in 59 Tests, 190 ODIs and 58 T20Is.
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