By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Nov 03, 2020 16:02 IST
IPL 2020: CSK all-rounder Shane Watson announced retirement from all formats of Cricket
Shane Watson retires from all formats of cricket

Australian star all-rounder Shane Watson announced his retirement from all forms of the game on Tuesday. The 39-year-old took to Twitter to announce the news by posting a video. Shane Watson played 59 Tests, 190 ODIs and 58 T20Is at the International level. MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings(CSK) had already ended their adventure campaign in Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) this season and the team couldn't qualify for the first time in 13 years.

Watson also has experience as captain for the Australian National Team and was an all-rounder. He retired from International Cricket back in 2016. With Australia, he won the 2007 and 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. He was also the Player of the Tournament at the 2012 T20 World Cup. He is regarded as one of the best white-ball cricketers.

In the 13th edition of Dream11 IPL 2020, Shane Watson travelled to United Arab Emirates (UAE) and scored 299 runs from 11 matches with a strike rate of 121.05. CSK finished their campaign at seventh place with 12 points from 14 matches. In their last three matches, they finished on a high note with an unbeaten run.

“It all started as a dream as a young kid saying to my Mum, as I watched a Test match, that I want to play for Australia. Now as I officially announce my retirement from all cricket I feel crazily lucky to live my dream,” Watson said in a video posted on his Twitter handle.

“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...,” Watson said.

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In IPL, he made his mark in the inaugural edition while playing for the Rajasthan Royals(RR) in which Rajasthan had managed to win the IPL title. A couple of years later, Watson moved to Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB). The Australian star all-rounder proved the critics wrong due to his reasonable performances for CSK in the last three editions of the tournament.