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IPL 2019: Shane Watson thanks fans for their love and support during the tournament

Watson was praised a lot by many for his fighting knock in the final of the IPL.

Shane Watson
Shane Watson. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Just one day after the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) lost the thriller of a final to the Mumbai Indians, veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh put up a picture of Shane Watson on social media that revealed how the former Australian cricketer kept going with his batting on Sunday despite his bleeding knees. That picture alone made fans realize how big a gem Shane Watson is as he batted in pain and almost won the title for his team.

The CSK opener had received six stitches on his left leg and yet continued batting without complaining about his pain, hence the bleeding. In the Instagram story shared by Bhajji, that contained the picture of Shane Watson batting, the former Indian cricketer wrote: “Can you guys see the blood on his knee.. He got 6 stitches after the game..Got injured while diving but continue to bat without telling anyone. That’s our Shane Watson. Almost pulled it for us tonight.”

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We all remember Anil Kumble‘s heroics from the famous Antigua Test in 2002 when the veteran spinner and former Indian captain bowled with a broken jaw. Even more than a decade later we see fans and cricketers lauding his heroism. West Indies legend Vivian Richards called it “one of the bravest things I’ve seen on the field of play.” The same thing can be said for the Australian who showed nothing but bravery and justified his place in the CSK team once again.

It wasn’t a great IPL for Shane Watson but he battled valiantly in the finals, chasing single-handedly for the team. He scored 80 runs off 59 balls and fell only in final over of the game when he was ran out by Krunal Pandya. All of Watson’s efforts were rendered futile when Shardul Thakur missed a clever delivery from Lasith Malinga and was pinned in front of the stumps.

Watson is ready to take that one step further in the next season

But the limited-overs Australian legend is ready to come back stronger next time. He took to Instagram to express himself for the first time since the final and thanked the fans for their constant love and support. Though he was still hurt with a loss in the final, Shane Watson is confident of coming back stronger next season.

“Hi, everyone. I just want to thank everyone for their love, support and best wishes that you have given me for the last couple of days. We were so close to getting over the line against Mumbai but it was an amazing final and I’m looking forward to a comeback next year to take that one step further[winning the next IPL edition]…but thanks again to everyone for the support and Whistle Podu!” he said in the video.

 

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