Shane Watson, who retired from international cricket last week, has often been the subject of much censure from the Australian and global cricket fans alike. Despite a stellar record in ODIs and T20s, Watson could never reach the zenith of appreciation in Australian cricket. And this was mostly because of his alleged inconsistencies in a Test career that spanned 59 matches, but was not adorned with many special moments. This, however, takes nothing away from the gem of a cricketer that Watto always was, and the pivotal role that he played in numerous glorious victories of Australia. Let’s take a look at how unique Shane Watson really was to international cricket.
Why Shane Watson should be remembered
#1. Watto has spent almost 2 years at the pole position in the ICC T20 All Rounders List. Besides, he also holds the distinction of having bagged the No 1 spot in the ICC T20 Batsmen’s Rankings once.
#2. Watson’s whirlwind knock of 185* off 96 balls against Bangladesh in 2011 is the highest ever ODI score by an Australian.
#3. He is in the elite list of 7 players who hold the record of 10,000 runs and 250 wickets in international cricket.
#4. He has been the captain of the Australian side in all three formats of the game at different points in his career.
#5. He stands third in the list of six hitters in ODI cricket from Australia. Only Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting have hit more sixes than Shane Watson in ODI cricket.
#6. He has been a part of 2 World Cup winning squads from Australia – 2007 and 2015. Besides, he was also among the top run getters for his side during Australia’s victorious campaigns in Champions Trophy 2006 and 2009.
With cricket spreading its roots to all corners of the world in myriad ways, Shane Watson shall still be seen in action in the near future. Besides the Indian Premier League, the ace all rounder is also expected to be a part of other flourishing T20 leagues in various parts of the world.