Watson mulls calling time on IPL career
Should Shane Watson play in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s final match against the Delhi Daredevils on Sunday (May 14), it would probably be the all-rounder’s final appearance in the Indian Premier League.
The Australian, who captained RCB in the absence of Virat Kohli in the first four matches of the season with mixed success, hinted he was ready to move on. Asked if he would return next season, Watson was non-committal. “In some capacity, yes,” he said.
Watson, who has been a part of the IPL since the inaugural season in 2008, has had an indifferent season this year, scoring 67 runs and picking up four wickets from seven outings. Apart from playing in other leagues across the globe, Watson, who retired from international cricket after the World T20 last year, is hoping to turn coach sometime soon.
“I haven’t set myself a specific time period. It’s more about how it evolves. There may be a time when hopefully I get a chance to coach somewhere and it just takes over from my playing days. I still love playing. I have the desire to perform well,” the 35-year-old said.
“But there is going to be a point where I know it is going to be a transition and hopefully be able to coach. I love to help people out. I’m not sure how or when, but hopefully it [coaching] comes through soon.”
The 10 seasons of the IPL have been a roller-coaster ride for him. In a heady inaugural season with Rajasthan Royals, Watson won the Player of the Season, having scored 472 runs and picking up 17 wickets.
RCB bought him last year for a whopping Rs 9.5 crore, and with 179 runs and 20 wickets in 16 games, he established himself as a key man in the team. This year though, everything has gone downhill.