Farewell Watto: A look at Shane Watson’s top five limited-overs innings

  • Sayan Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 28, 2016 18:34 IST
Shane Watson announced his retirement from international cricket after World T20. (Photo: Twitter)

The match between India and Australia in the ICC World T20 on Sunday will be remembered for a very long time thanks to the brilliant innings played by Indian star Virat Kohli.

The nail-biting match will also be memorable for cricket fans as it marked the end of Australian all-rounder Shane Watson’s glorious international career.

Here’s a look at the top five limited overs innings played by Watson on the international stage.

136* vs England (Centurion, 2009)

Watson had a disappointing start to the 2009 Champions Trophy as he failed to open his account in Australia’s first two matches against West Indies and India. But it all changed in the semifinal encounter against England. Chasing 259, the Aussies lost opener Tim Paine in the second over, but Watson and Ricky Ponting produced one of the best partnerships of the tournament to complete the chase on their own. Watson played a brilliant knock under pressure and finished with an unbeaten 136 from 132 balls to guide Australia into the final.

105 vs New Zealand (Centurion, 2009)

Watson carried the momentum into the final and produced one of the best performances of the competition. Chasing 201 to lift the Champions Trophy, Watson finished the match with consecutive sixes off Jeetan Patel, the last one also bringing up his century from his 129th delivery. Ponting was awarded the Player of the Tournament award, but Watson’s two centuries played a huge role in Australia’s success.

185* vs Bangladesh (Dhaka, 2011)

Watson’s unbeaten 185 against Bangladesh is still the highest ODI score by an Australian batsman. He wanted to run as little as possible in the hot and humid conditions of Dhaka, and thanks to his 15 fours and 15 sixes, 150 of his 185 runs came in boundaries. Watson almost single-handedly chased down the modest total of 230 and it remains the highest score in the second innings of an ODI by any batsman.

70 vs South Africa (Colombo, 2012)

The 2012 World T20 was a memorable tournament for Watson as he carried his team through the group stages by top scoring in all of their first four games. But, his most memorable knock came against South Africa when he struck 70 from just 47 deliveries to ensure Australia entry into the semi-finals. They, however, lost to the eventual champions West Indies.

124* vs India (Sydney, 2016)

Aaron Finch was ruled out of the series against India due to an injury and as a result Watson was asked to captain the T20 side for the first time in his career. Having batted down the order earlier in the series, he came out to open in the third T20 and struck an unbeaten 124 from 71 deliveries, including 10 fours and six sixes. It was the highest score by a T20 international captain and the second highest score in all of T20 internationals, as well as the second hundred by an Australian in the shortest format of the game.

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