Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson might well have played his last game for Chennai Super Kings in this IPL. If reports from the CSK camp are to be believed, the reputed all-rounder has already informed the franchise about his retirement plans after the last game he played for the side. CSK beat Kings XI Punjab and knocked them out of the tournament in their last game.
They were the first team to be knocked out of the championship. Watson joined the franchise in 2018 and scored 1252 runs in 43 games for the side with an average of 30.54 and a strike rate touching close to 140. Watson scored 299 runs from 11 games this season including two fifty-plus scores and a best of unbeaten 83.
Shane Watson To Retire After IPL 2020: CSK Official
While talking to Times of India, a CSK official confirmed about the latest development. Shane Watson has been an integral part of the Chennai Super Kings squad for the last three years. He played a crucial hand in helping them lift the title in 2018 and also took them to the final in the next year.
“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.
“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.
It is further speculated that Shane Watson will be a part of the CSK think tank next season as the team looks to rebuild. Overall in his IPL career, Watson was a part of two IPL winning squads. He won the inaugural edition of the IPL in 2008 with Rajasthan Royals. He won his second IPL title a decade later with CSK in 2018.
Shane Watson has already retired from international cricket when Chennai had roped him in 2018 at the mega auction. He had scored a century in the final to help CSK lift their third IPL trophy that season.