Shane Watson: ICC World T20 is my next goal for sure
Watson could turn out to be a trump card for Australia in the World T20.
New Delhi: Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, who has been included in the T20 squad for the three-match T20 series against India, has forthcoming ICC World T20 in his sight.
While talking about the upcoming World T20, scheduled to take place in India, Watson said: “...that would be the next goal for sure.”
The 34-year-old, who was dropped from the ODI side post last year's series against England, had nearly given up hope on his international career, concentrating more on domestic T20 cricket like the Big Bash League.
The T20 call-up came as a 'pleasant surprise' for the Australian as he feels that his BBL performances helped him get back into the national side.
“..it came as a pleasant surprise to me. In the end it just came down to doing well for Sydney Thunder in BBL and whatever happened from there from the Aussie side of things, because after being dropped from the One-day side I knew my international days are nearly over, so nice to get that surprise and get the call from Rod Marsh yesterday," Watson told PTI.
During the forthcoming World Cup, Watson could turn out to be a trump card for Australia as he has played a lot of T20 cricket in India, thanks to the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Watson, who played for Rajasthan Royals since the inception of the cash-rich league, admits that the IPL stint has played a big part in his return, especially before the T20 World Cup.
"It's nice to know that I have had lot of experience in India. Playing in the IPL and having some success as well. That was always going to give me more of an opportunity to get picked but it comes down to performance, so lucky to have performed over the last couple of games," he said.