Former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has admitted that his duel with Pakistan left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz at the 2015 World Cup “is one of my cherished moments”.
Wahab unleashed a fiery spell against Watson in the quarter-final, but even though he was troubled on numerous occasions, Watson managed to come out on top as he struck an unbeaten 64 to lead Australia to a six-wicket win.
Reminiscing about his battle with Wahab, Watson admitted that he loved every minute of it due to the passion and intensity that was exhibited.
“Wahab Riaz is definitely one of my favourite players,” Watson told cricketpakistan.com.pk.
“The battle that I had in the 2015 World Cup is one of my cherished moments. It was an amazing experience to be a part of. In a World Cup knockout game and then being able to play in all these T20 tournaments against him, it’s always a great battle on the field. He bowls at good pace, he has got great skills, so [I] always love playing against him,” said Watson.
Former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has admitted that Pakistan Twenty20 captain Babar Azam is a “beautiful batsman to watch”.
Azam has been in superb form as of late as he scored 115 runs in the three-match Twenty20 series against Australia, which included two half-centuries, at an average of 57.50 and a strike-rate of 138.55.
He followed that up with an unbeaten 157, which came off 197 balls and included 24 boundaries, in the practice game against Australia A in Perth and a 66-ball 63, which included nine boundaries and a six, against the Cricket Australia XI.
“Babar Azam is a beautiful batsman to watch. The way he bats in all formats, he is a beautiful player. In T20s, he doesn’t look like he is taking that many risks but still scores very quickly. One-day cricket, obviously he has a very good record. He is just a world class player,” said Watson.
Former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has admitted that the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will always have a special place in his heart.
Watson admitted that winning the tournament with the Quetta Gladiators in front of a packed stadium in Karachi earlier this year was “one of the highlights of my career”.
With next year’s PSL being held entirely in Pakistan, Watson isn’t worried about travelling to the country as he knows the security measures in place are “phenomenal”.
“I had an awesome time in Karachi when I was there for a week during the [PSL] final. It was one of the highlights of my career to be able to play in Karachi. To be involved with winning the tournament for [the] Quetta Gladiators, it was an awesome time of my life,” he said.
“The security was phenomenal. It was one of the safest places to be in the world with that kind of security around. I am really looking forward to playing there again.”
Despite his superb campaign this year, Watson acknowledged that the PSL is a “tough tournament”.
“PSL is a tough tournament, it really is. The quality of fast-bowling is right up there and also the batsmen as well. It’s just a great tournament to be able to play in. It’s challenging which is a great thing because the quality of cricket that is being played there is phenomenal,” he said.