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Shane Watson reveals how T20 cricket turned around his career

The veteran is currently leading the Sydney Thunders team in the ongoing Big Bash League and has performed well.

Shane Watson
Shane Watson of the Thunder. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Shane Watson has been one of Australia’s most dynamic all-rounders in international cricket. He has shown equal efficiency in all departments of the game and has guided the Aussies to several victories. The Queenslander has been plying his trade in several T20 leagues across the globe and has been pivotal elements in their lineups.

However, it was Twenty20 cricket that made a significant impact on Watson’s illustrious career. In an interview with foxsports.com.au, the all-rounder spoke about how the shortest format of the game turned around his career. “The first couple of games didn’t work out at all, I got out for a duck in both,” Watson said

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The former Aussie player also addressed his initial struggles with the Australian cricket team. “I didn’t have a clue … At that time I was batting at No.7 and 8 for Australia, so I really needed to develop that power base in the game. It came around when I really needed it (power hitting) to hold on to my spot in the Australian one-day team.” he added

The life-changing tournament for Watson

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been a platform for many cricketers to show their mettle. The tournament also showered its blessings on Watson as thereafter the cricketer’s career leapfrogged significantly and he represented the Rajasthan Royals.

“It was the catalyst behind me becoming as good of a cricketer as I ended up being,” Watson said. “Up until that point in time, I hadn’t performed anywhere near the best I believed I had inside me. Rajasthan really just built my confidence and showed me what I could do in a world-class tournament,” he mentioned

A pale shadow of his previous self

The veteran is currently leading the Sydney Thunders team in the ongoing Big Bash League and has performed well. However, at the age of 36, he is gradually running out of steam bearing in mind the flexibilities of the Twenty20 format. However, he will always be remembered as one of the greatest all-rounders to have played the game.

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