Shane Watson - A Legendary All-rounder

Shane Watson is one of the most legendary all-rounders of contemporary cricket, commanding immense respect from colleagues and fans alike. He made his grand cricketing debut at the young age of 20 when he played for Tasmania in the Pura Cup and stood out with a chart-topping bowling-cum-wicket-taking performance. He was then picked to be part of the ODI squad for Australia’s tour of South Africa in March 2002, where he did not live up to expectations. However, Ricky Ponting and other selectors had faith in his abilities and he was retained as a team regular, only to go on to make his test debut against Pakistan in January 2005, after a year’s sabbatical due to injury.

Shane Watson’s T20 international career began with a February 2006 match against South Africa. Shane Watson’s IPL career took off right from its first instalment in 2008 when he played as part of the Rajasthan Royals and was named Man of the Tournament after they won the title that year. Shane Watson’s IPL teams list also includes the Royal Challengers Bangalore (in 2016 and 2017 after his successful stint with the Rajasthan Royals) and Chennai Super Kings in 2018.

Shane Watson Personal Details:

Name Shane Watson
Date of Birth 17 June 1981
Birthplace Ipswich
Height 6 ft
Playing Role Right Handed Batsman / Right Arm Fast Medium Bowler
Spouse Lee Furlong

Shane Watson’s International Cricket Career

Shane Watson’s batting style is equal measures fierce and clever, making him a dependable opener and middle-order striker. His technique with the ball has earned him accolades too, making him a revered fast-medium bowler. Here are a few important Shane Watson stats with regard to his international career:

  1. He has played 59 test matches, with 3731 runs, four centuries and 24 half-centuries to his name. His highest score of 176 runs (not out) was struck during an Ashes match in 2013 against England cricket team.
  2. He has taken 75 wickets overall, including two hattricks and three five-wicket hauls in the test cricket format. His best bowling tally is a BBM (best bowling per match) of 6/33 during a 2010 test match in Leeds.
  3. He has played 190 ODIs, making 5757 runs, nine centuries and 33 half centuries, 570 fours and 131 sixes. His ODI best score is 185 runs (not out) during Australia’s tour of Bangladesh in 2011.
  4. His 2010 haul of 4/36 (BBM) against Pakistan is his best ODI tally.
  5. He has played in 58 T20 internationals so far. In the T20 international format, his batting tally of 124 (not out) against India in 2016 is the best. His BBM of 4/15 against England in 2010 is his highest bowling tally.

Watson’s IPL and BBL Records

Shane Watson’s current teams include the Sydney Thunder (part of the Big Bash League or the BBL), and Chennai Super Kings (part of the Indian Premier League or the IPL). Here are a few of his most significant cricketing achievements in a nutshell:

  1. Shane Watson is the captain of the BBL’s Sydney Thunder and has amassed 1014 runs and 20 wickets so far.
  2. There are quite a few Shane Watson IPL records too – he has played in 134 matches, scoring 3575 runs, four centuries, 19 half-centuries and a total haul of 92 wickets.
  3. His best batting performance was against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2018 at a score of 117 runs (not out).
  4. Shane Watson’s bowling best is a haul of four wickets over 29 conceded runs against the Gujarat Lions, also in the 2016 IPL season.

Shane Watson Batting Stats

Format Matches Innings Runs Highest score Avg Strike Rate 100 200 50 4s 6s
Test 59 109 3731 176 35.2 52.59 4 0 24 484 31
ODI 190 169 5757 185 40.54 90.45 9 0 33 570 131
T20I 58 56 1462 124 29.24 145.33 1 0 10 115 83
IPL 134 130 3575 117 31.09 139.54 4 0 19 343 177

Shane Watson Bowling Stats

Format Matches Innings Balls Bowled Runs Wkts BBM Econ Avg Strike Rate 5W 10W
Test 59 93 5495 2526 75 6/51 2.76 33.68 73.27 3 0
ODI 190 163 6466 5342 168 4/36 4.96 31.8 38.49 0 0
T20I 58 49 930 1187 48 4/15 7.66 24.73 19.38 0 0
IPL 134 105 2029 2682 92 4/29 7.93 29.15 22.05 0 0

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