Teams: Rajasthan Royals, Australia, New South Wales, Sydney Sixers, Chennai Super Kings, Brisbane Heat, Australians, Hobart Hurricanes, Canterbury, Sydney Thunder, Islamabad United, Royal Challengers Bangalore, St Lucia Stars, Dhaka Dynamites, Quetta Gladiators, Sindhis
Shane Watson is an Australian all-rounder who announced his retirement from International cricket in 2016 . However, he continues to play various T20 leagues across the world, such as Indian Premier League (IPL) and Pakistan Super league (PSL), among others. He is regarded among the finest all-rounders of the modern era, thanks to his potent right-arm medium bowling and top-order bowling. He had received the Bradman Young cricketer of year award in 2002, the same year as he started his international career.
Shane Watson made his One Day International (ODI) debut against South Africa at SuperSport park in Centurion on March 24, 2002. He scored a total of 5,757 runs in 190 matches at an average of 40.54, along with nine centuries and 33 fifties. In the bowling department, he scalped 168 wickets at an economy rate of 4.96. He holds the record for scoring the fastest 5,000 runs and taking 150 wickets among Australians. He also holds the record for the highest ODI batting average by an Australian opening batsman (those who have scored over 1,000 runs).
Watson started his IPL career with Rajasthan Royals under the captaincy of Shane Warne in 2008 and helped his franchise win the inaugural IPL tournament. He played a significant role in winning the inaugural IPL season as he scored 472 runs at an average of 47.20 while scalping 17 wickets. During a 2-year ban on Rajastan Royals, he was picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). In the IPL auction 2018, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) bought him and he helped his new franchise win the tournament. In 134 matches played so far, Watson has scored 3,575 runs at an average of 31.08 and a strike rate of 139.53, along with 4 centuries and 19 fifties. In the bowling department, he has taken 92 wickets while conceding runs at the rate of 7.93 an over.
Watson made his T20 International (T20) debut against South Africa at The Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on February 24, 2006. In his T20 career, he has scored 1,462 runs in 58 matches at an average of 29.24 and a strike rate of 145.33, including a century and 10 fifties. While bowling, he has taken 48 wickets conceding 7.66 runs per over. He was the first player to hold the number 1 ranking among both batsmen and all-rounders in T20Is. He is also the only player to score a century and take four wickets in an innings in T20Is.
Watson started his Test career against Pakistan at Sydney Cricket ground on January 2, 2005. In the 59 matches he played, Watson scored 3,731 runs at an average of 35.4, including four centuries and 24 fifties. He opened for Australia for the first time in the 2009 Ashes series and scored 62 and 53. The only player to win the Australian ‘Player of the Year’ award in all formats, Watson won 7 such awards (3 ODI, 3 T20I, 1 Test), which is the most by any player. Also, he is the only player to have won all five major cricket awards.