A profile of star player Shane Watson, who has been representing Rajasthan Royals since the first season of the IPL, taking it to new heights each time.

If there is one cricketer who was able to resurrect his international career due to his show in the IPL, then it is current Australian star Shane Watson, who ended up as the man of the tournament for the champions Rajasthan Royals in the inaugural edition of the tournament. Since that outstanding performance in IPL I, Watson has remained the star player for the Rajasthan Royals and over the past 6 seasons has been the difference between a victory and a defeat. For a team that does not believe in spending a lot on star players, Watson is the only player who remains their marquee signing and he has played the role to perfection by consistently delivering high quality all round performances.

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Rajasthan Royals batsman Shane Watson in action during CLT20 match between Rajasthan Royals and Otago Volts at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Oct. 1, 2013. (Photo: IANS)

Role

A star all rounder does not always have a pre-defined role in the side, simply due to the fact that he is someone who is capable of influencing a game in a variety of ways. In the early years of the IPL, Watson used to be an opener but over the past few seasons he has batted at number 3 or 4 perhaps due to the stability as well as hitting firepower that he adds to the middle order. On the other hand, he is also called upon to bowl tight spells at the start or the middle of the innings and over the years he has proven to be an excellent wicket taking bowler.

Value

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RR player Shane Watson celebrate after taking the wicket of Mumbai Opening batsman Glenn Maxwell during the match between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on May 15, 2013. (Photo: IANS)

Shane Watson has probably proven to be the bargain of the IPL so far and considering the fact that he was picked up by the Royals after a fresh round of auctions for $150,000 back in 2008, the returns have been quite extraordinary. However, that was the money on which they could keep him for the first 3 seasons; since once they decided to retain him in 2011, Watson moved into the top payment bracket and unsurprisingly he has been retained yet again ahead of the 2014 auctions.

Best Performances

Last season, Watson scored a blistering 101 off 61 balls (4*6, 6*6) against the Chennai Super Kings that is now his highest score in the IPL and although the Royals scored 185, the target was overhauled by the CSK through the efforts of Hussey and Raina.

As a bowler, his finest effort remains the 3-10 that he took for the Royals in the semi final in IPL I against the Delhi Daredevils. He opened the bowling and gobbled up DD’s top 3 of Sehwag, Gambhir and Dhawan to start the slide. Delhi was all out for 87 in pursuit of the target of 193.

Number Game

Batting and Fielding

Mat

NO

Runs

HS

Ave

BF

SR

100

50

4s

6s

Ct

St

Career

55

9

1785

101

39.66

1226

145.59

1

11

181

81

17

0

2013

16

2

543

101

38.78

380

142.89

1

2

59

22

6

0

2012

7

1

255

90*

42.50

168

151.78

0

2

26

14

2

0

2011

11

1

330

89*

33.00

253

130.43

0

1

31

17

4

0

2010

6

0

185

60

37.00

114

162.28

0

2

18

9

3

0

2008

15

5

472

76*

47.20

311

151.76

0

4

47

19

2

0

There are very few batsmen in the IPL who can strike at 146.59 per 100 balls and also score close to 40 in every game, but Shane Watson is one of those rare breed who can do so and that surely makes him one of the best in the IPL. In addition to that, he has also been remarkably consistent with the exception of perhaps the 2011 season, when his strike rate dropped to 130.43.

Bowling

Mat

Balls

Runs

Wkts

BBM

Ave

Econ

SR

4w

5w

Career

55

1061

1267

48

3/10

26.39

7.16

22.10

0

0

2013

16

250

298

13

3/22

22.92

7.15

19.23

0

0

2012

7

138

161

6

2/19

26.83

7.00

23.00

0

0

2011

11

216

241

6

3/19

40.16

6.69

36.00

0

0

2010

6

132

184

6

3/37

30.66

8.36

22.00

0

0

2008

15

325

383

17

3/10

22.52

7.07

19.11

0

0

The most important thing to keep in mind about Watson’s bowling record is that his economy rate is something that would be acceptable to any top bowler and that is the reason why the Royals seldom do badly, when he is able to bowl. Additionally, his ability to take a few wickets in almost every other game makes him a prized asset.

Did you know?

Shane Watson is an avid guitar player and counts the Guns n’ Roses as his favourite rock band. He is married to Lee Furlong and was blessed with a boy last year.

By Soham Samaddar

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IPL Cricketer Profile: Shakib al Hasan
IPL Cricketer Profile: Brad Hodge

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