Huge privilege to play with Royal Challengers Bangalore, this season: Watson
Indian T20 extravaganza – VIVO IPL T20 2016 is on full swing and all the teams have showed intense competition so far in the tournament. In the fourth match of IPL 9, Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore will face Sunrisers Hyderabad at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, on Tuesday.
Even though Bangalore has not won a title so far in the history of IPL, they remain a tough opponent to face. Adding more to their chances, Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has also been included in the RCB squad after an auction worth a whopping 9.5 crore earlier in February.
The 34-year-old batsman from Queensland appreciated the Bangalore squad for the intensity of strength they possess. “The quality that RCB has, to play in such a beautiful stadium in Bangalore, so I feel very privileged to be able to play for this franchise,” he said as quoted by ‘Cricbuzz’.
Having a batting line-up dressed up with players like Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and Ab de Villiers, RCB appear resilient on first look. Veteran all-rounder, Watson will definitely add more strength to the team.
Formerly a Rajasthan Royals’ players Watson felt a bit strange to be a part of new team as he spoke out his emotions by saying, “My previous eight years have been with Rajasthan. I had a lot of fun with that franchise but to be able to come to Bangalore, it’s a huge privilege.”
On my way to my first training session with @RCBTweets. I am very excited to get into my first IPL campaign with them#excitingtimes#IPL9— Shane Watson (@ShaneRWatson33) April 7, 2016
Playing eight seasons with Rajasthan, Watson has scored 2372 runs in 78 matches with 14 fifties and 2 centuries. His IPL-best knock of 104* runs, against Kolkata Knight Riders in 2015, defines his hunger for runs in the quick format.
Watson showed his gladness to play along with Indian Vice Captain Virat Kohli. “I’ll get to play with Virat and that’s a huge buzz for me. I’ve had a few battles with him on the field and always had the utmost respect for him,” concluded the right-hander.