IPL 2020: CSK’s Shane Watson announces retirement from “all forms of cricket”

Shane Watson on Monday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. The Chennai Super Kings batsman told his CSK mates that he would “retire from all forms of cricket”, reported Times of India. The Aussie cricketer had already retired from international cricket, when he arrived at CSK in 2018.

“Watson was very emotional when he broke the news to his teammates after the last game. He said that it was a great privilege for him to play for the franchise,” TOI quoted a source.

CSK had won their last game of the season against Kings XI Punjab and ended their campaign with 12 points in 14 games. This is the first time the three-time champions are not part of the IPL playoffs.

Watson, before joining CSK, had been part of Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He played an important role in RR’s title-winning campaign in 2008. In 15 games, the 39-year-old scored 472 runs. 

In his IPL career, Watson amassed 3,874 runs in 145 matches at a strike rate of 137.91.

With Watson gone, CSK are left with a big void to fill. In all probability, young Ruturaj Gaikwad will be looked upon as his successor.  The Maharashtra-born is the first uncapped batsman to score three consecutive fifties.