Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has announced to retire from all forms of cricket.
According to the details, Shane Watson had retired from international cricket back in 2016, however, was very active in playing T20 franchise cricket globally.
In a twitter statement he wrote, “This closing chapter is going to be so hard to top, but I am going to try. I truly am forever grateful to have lived this amazing dream. Now onto the next exciting one.”
This closing chapter is going to be so hard to top, but I am going to try.
I truly am forever grateful to have lived this amazing dream.
Now onto the next exciting one…#thankyou https://t.co/Og8aiBcWpE
— Shane Watson (@ShaneRWatson33) November 3, 2020
The right-arm fast bowler on November 3 has confirmed that he was bringing the curtain down on 20 years of professional cricket.
In a YouTube video, he thanked his parents, teammates and coaches for all the unconditional support they gave him during his career.
“I feel crazily lucky to have lived out my dream, and then some,” Watson said in a video message posted on his website. “It feels like the right time. Knowing that I’ve played my last game of cricket ever for my beloved CSK … To think that I’m finishing up my playing days as a 39-year-old, after all of my injury setbacks that I had along the way, I feel so ridiculously fortunate.”
He had played 343 T20 matches scoring 8821 runs and taking 216 wickets in his 16-year-career. He represented Australia in 59 Tests, 190 ODIs and 58 T20Is from 2005-2016.
Watson remained an integral part of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), representing Islamabad United in 2016 and 2017. He played for Quetta Gladiators in the past two seasons.
Moreover, over the two calendar years of 2009 and 2010, the all-rounder had the highest Test batting average for Australia and was named Australian Cricketer of the Year in 2010.