Famous cricket player of Australia: Shane Watson
There haven’t been many players in the cricketing world that came back so many times after an injury and still delivered the goods like Shane Watson of Australian cricket team. The stylish blonde stroke player hails from Queensland and was touted by the Legendary Steve Waugh as the best all rounder for Australian cricket team in recent times. He entered the team as a specialist all rounder but was plagued by injuries in his early days.
He was in and out of the Australian team till the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy where he shined with both bowl and bat. He opened in the final against the Windies and stroked a lovely fifty to seal Australia’s first Champions Trophy. In 2009 Trophy he was at the peak of his career smashing two match winning centuries in the semi final and final consecutively.
After Gilchrist and Hayden’s retirement Australia badly needed a player who could fill such big boots. They had to look no further than Watson. He has improved his batting tremendously in recent times, scoring freely against every opposition of late. He is also a very handy medium fast bowler with the knack of taking wickets at crucial times.
In ODI as of 2014, Watson has scored 5,256 runs in 173 matches with 183 being his highest score. Watson has been able to maintain his average at 41.06 so far. He has scored 9 hundreds and 33 fifties in ODI so far. His bowling credentials are also worth a discussion where he has taken 163 wickets in 173 matches so far.
Highlights of player profile:
- He was declared man of the series of 2009 ICC Twenty20 Championship.
- He is the only cricketer to win four consecutive Player of the Match Awards at ICC events.
- He is the highest paid cricketer out of India and is the most expensive player of Australian cricket team.
He was unlucky not to be part of the two World Cup winning Australian teams as he missed both due to injuries. He will be hoping to remain fit during the whole tournament and show his true colors both with bat and bowl during 2015 ICC World Cup.