Off The Field

Playing with Virat Kohli in IPL one of my career highlights, says Shane Watson

Written by Abhishek Patil

Former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has won two 50-over World Cups, IPL trophies and played alongside many greats of the game but one of his career highlights has been sharing the dressing room with India captain Virat Kohli at the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL.

When Rajasthan Royals (RR) became defunct for 2 years, Watson was bought by RCB for the IPL 2016. He went on to play 2 seasons with the franchise which is yet to win the coveted trophy. Watson, who announced his retirement from all forms of cricket after Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) journey ended in the IPL 2020, has shared two reasons to explain why his experience of playing alongside Kohli was “an amazing experience”.

The 39-year-old has also talked about South Africa star AB de Villiers, also part of the RCB setup. Shane Watson said that one has to switch on the TV when de Villiers is batting.

“One of my career highlights is actually playing with Virat at RCB. That was an amazing experience, for two reasons. To know Virat, what just to be able to understand what makes him tick on and off the field and just the great layers of a person that he’s got as well,” Watson said on the Grade Cricketer Podcast.

“It’s not just cricket he’s a very interesting person, interested in other people as well. But then AB de Villiers at RCB as well you just have to turn on your TV when he’s playing.”

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