Dubai: Top Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has decided to call time on his competitive cricket career after Chennai Super Kings' (CSK) exit from the Indian Premier League (IPL).
While Watson has not made any official announcement, it has been learnt that after CSK ended their IPL campaign on Sunday with a win over Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), the senior player told his teammates about the decision to retire from all forms of cricket.
This season, he has scored 299 runs in 11 games.
The 39-year-old Watson is one of the few players to have won the IPL with two different teams.
He was a star for Rajasthan Royals during the inaugural edition (472 runs and 17 wickets) and in 2018, his century in the final post his international retirement won it for CSK, who had just come back from a two-year ban.
During the triumphant 2018 season, Watson amassed 555 runs and picked up six wickets.
A sought-after player in the T20 format, Watson has 3,874 runs in 145 IPL games with four hundreds and 21 fifties. He also has 92 wickets.
Former Australian all-rounder Tom Moody paid a tribute on Twitter.
"The curtain closes on a remarkable @IPL career. Congratulations mate you've done yourself proud and made every team you've played in so complete," Moody tweeted.
In the final against Mumbai Indians last year, he nearly won it for his team despite batting with a bloodied knee.
He has played 59 Tests, 190 ODIs and 58 T20Is at the international level.
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We found out so much about each team, some things we knew, some we didn't. Like MI being light years ahead of the competition, the rest being a distant second, and CSK being in dire need of change.
IPL 2020 saw a record-breaking 28 percent increase in viewership compared to the last edition with the tournament in the UAE providing welcome relief to a world scarred by the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are talks that the 2021 IPL will be featuring nine teams instead of eight and will go up to 10 teams by 2023, which has always been the BCCI's long-term plan.