In a recent appearance on Blast with Bhajji, former Aussie all rounder Shane Watson opened up about his childhood cricketing aspirations and and his path to becoming a successful cricketer.
Shane Watson has garnered a lot of goodwill of late. He had a great CPL and the Aussie backed it up with a stellar IPL performance. Watson showed that he is a big match player as he slammed two centuries in the recently concluded IPL 2018 to take his team over the line.
His most impressive performance came in the final against SRH when he slammed an unbeaten century to take CSK to victory without even breaking a sweat.
Watson is decent with the ball as well. In his heydays he bowled at a good pace with the ability of jagging the ball around. This troubled even the best of batsmen.
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With age, he may have lost the sting in his bowling but he remains a more than useful bowler. However, due to injury he has started managing his body and now preferably bowls 2 overs in a T20 match.
In a recent appearance on Indian veteran off spinner Harbhajan Singh’s new show Blast with Bhajji, Shane Watson opened up about his childhood and his cricketing heroes.
“My dad is a huge cricket fan, especially Test cricket. My dad never forced me to play cricket, but it was hard not to get caught up in his love of the game. I grew up in Ipswich, which is about 45 minutes west of Brisbane. Cricket was always my favourite and was always the sport I was most naturally good at.
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“I just wanted to be the best at both. I wanted to be the best fast bowler and wanted to be Craig McDermott, who was from Ipswich as well. I wanted to be him. Then I wanted to be Mark Waugh which then changed to be Ricky Ponting when he started playing as well,” Watson said.
The 36-year-old Watson suffered with a hamstring niggle during the IPL and has currently taken some time off from the cricketing field.