Shane Watson, the former Australia all-rounder and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) opener, formally announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Tuesday.
The 39-year-old released a video announcing his retirement on Tuesday. Shane Watson tweeted the video with the caption, “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.”
“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,” said Watson.
“To think that I’m finishing my playing days as a 39-year-old, after all of my injury setbacks that I had along the way, I feel so ridiculously fortunate,” he added.
In IPL, Watson has scored 3874 runs and picked 92 wickets in 145 IPL matches. Watson had already retired from international cricket in 2016. Watson has played 59 Tests, 190 ODIs, and 58 T20s at the international level and has won the ICC World Cup with Australia twice, in 2007 and 2015.
In Tests, Watson scored 3731 runs and picked up 75 wickets, and scored 5757 runs and scalped 168 wickets in ODIs to finish his career as one of the leading all-rounders of his era.