Shane Watson’s Best IPL Performances

Shane Watson: a remarkable all-rounder, an impressive match-winner and a terrific opener. There’s so much to talk about Watson’s IPL career. Shane Watson has announced his retirement from all forms of Cricket by posting a video on 2nd November 2020. Although Watson was not part of the CSK team in their last league game this season, he played his last game, against the Kolkata Knight Riders on 29th October.

Debuting with Rajasthan Royals in 2008 to ending his IPL career with Chennai Super Kings in 2020, it was a roller coaster ride for him in his 12-year long IPL career. He played with 3 franchises throughout his IPL career.
These are his top knocks with every franchise.

Rajasthan Royals:

76 not out off 49 balls vs KXIP (2008)

Shane Watson didn’t use to open back then. His batting position was not fixed as he was an genuine all-rounder and was used as a floater. He got run-out in his very first game just after when he seemed in good touch. Rajasthan Royals lost that match by a huge margin.

In the next match, RR was chasing a decent total of 167 and they got a decent start despite losing a couple of wickets. Watson came in at no. 5 and was unstoppable. His six-hitting ability impressed everyone. He scored 76*(49) inclusive of 5 fours and 5 sixes and was awarded the ‘Player of the Match’.

He made an impact in the second match itself. He was very valuable for the team as he also gave them 4 overs. Remember, RR did win that IPL and Watson was named as the ‘Player of the Tournament’ for scoring 4 half-centuries and taking 17 wickets in the inaugural season of the IPL.

90 not out off 51 balls vs PWI (2012)

Watson missed the second season of the IPL due to national duty and injury. RR successfully retained him in the 2011 season. He registered his highest score in the IPL 2012. Chasing a target of 127, Watson scored 90 runs on his own and took his team home single-handedly.

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Since then, people started to look at him with a different perception. Then came the idea of sending him to open the batting. He replaced Rahul Dravid up the order and Dravid took the no. 3 spot. As soon as he started to open the batting, he commenced scoring big.

101 off 61 balls vs CSK (2013):

No century, yet? Here it is. Opening the batting, Watson scored 101 off 61 balls. However, he didn’t get the due support from other players. Although RR ended up scoring 185 which was a healthy score, CSK being the champion side chased it down efficiently.

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But it was a fantastic effort from Shane Watson. His solid and consistent performances made him the player of the tournament for 2013 as well. In the mega auction in the 2014 season, he was once again retained by RR for a whopping amount of USD 2 million, making him the highest-paid overseas player and one of a few international cricketers to play for the same IPL franchise from the very start of the tournament. He was also named the captain of RR in 2014.

104 not out off 59 balls vs KKR (2015)

Watson was one of those batsmen who had the ability to change the dynamics of the game on their own. There are so many instances where he did the same. This is one of them. He was the rogue elephant yet again. He took his team to a winning total of 199 single-handedly, where the batting order collapsed. He carried his bat with a strike rate of 176!

Royal Challengers Bangalore:

After the suspension of RR, RCB signed Shane Watson for USD 1.4 million, which made him the most paid player in the auction once again.

4-0-22-2 vs KXIP (2016)

Watson did a fantastic job with the bat and ball for RR, so did he with RCB. This was the game which tested his temperament and he got over it. Not being good with the bat, he took two most important wickets of KXIP in Hashim Amla and Murali Vijay. Watson was named MOM.

M57: GL vs RCB – Shane Watson 4 Wickets

Shane Watson Celebrates (IPLT20 | Twitter)

36(13) vs RPS (2016)

RCB was chasing a mammoth total of 192, Watson played a crucial role in the chase. Although Kohli scored a furious hundred in the match, Watson’s quick runs helped in controlling the required run rate.

Chennai Super Kings:

RR was the platform for Watson to unleash his talent both with the ball and bat. He was frontline batsman for RR back then. He played little crucial cameos for RCB. But his match-winning ability came into the picture after he started his campaign with CSK in 2018.

106 off 57 balls and 3-013-1 vs RR (2018)

Watson loved opening the batting. He was always a dangerous batsman to bowl to, but in the Powerplays, he became much more difficult to bowl to. He grabbed the Player of the Match award with a great all-round performance.


Shane Watson Celebrates his Century (IPLT20/twitter)

117 not out off 57 balls vs SRH (2018)

This innings was the defining moment in Shane Watson’s career. There’s no big game than the final itself. He was ready with his experience collected in a bag and used every bit of it and went on to score a blistering hundred under pressure. 179 is not a very easy total to chase under pressure where you lost your partner early in the match.

CSK vs SRH: Shane Watson helps Chennai Super Kings open playoffs door |  Cricket News - Times of India

Shane Watson (CSK | Twitter)

Scoring more than 64% of team runs while chasing in the finale, you can’t ask for more, can you? He never allowed the pressure to catch him. In fact, the pressure was on the bowler throughout his innings as he was too aggressive. He scored more than 75% runs through boundaries in the finale.

There are many other great innings to mention, but these are a few innings that defined the dynamic player he is. His performance in the 2019 IPL Final too deserves a mention. Despite doing his best, he couldn’t win the match for CSK.

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One of the finest match-winners of this tournament, Watson retired with 3874 runs and 92 wickets in IPL, leaving a great story behind.

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