The much-maligned Indian Premier League, blamed for a plethora of injuries to players from around the world received a most ironic endorsement at the end of the Champions League. Shane Watson, who has suffered more through injury and been in and out of the team since his debut seven years ago, emphatically credited the IPL as the turning point in his career.
Watson, who scored back-to-back tons in the semifinals and final of the Champions Trophy, spoke honestly about different things in his career. “There no doubt that the IPL is what has got me back on the field,” said Watson.
“That’s what really got my confidence up. It also got me back in the Australian team quicker than I thought. The IPL was a massive turning point in my career. It has helped me in bigger games as well to control my emotions.
“The IPL played a big role in my development. I’d been in and out through injuries and it came along at the perfect time. It was one of the most enjoyable things I have ever been involved in, but today is another amazing opportunity as well.”
Watson admitted earlier that he had lost it mentally on big occasions but this time around there were no slip-ups. “The thing I have learned playing in the bigger games so far is that in the end, it is just another game,” he said.
“You have got to be in a good place mentally. Previously, I used to take it as more than a game. What stands out is the semifinal of the World Cup in 2007 against South Africa. I was so pumped up to do well and I didn’t do too well, I was overawed by the situation. It’s part of the process of learning.”
“Today, to be involved in such a great win is one of the better feelings I have had in my career as a group because for us to come together with so many more inexperienced players compared to teams I have been lucky enough to play with in the past is very, very special for everyone in the team.”