One of my career highlights is actually playing with Virat Kohli: Shane Watson

Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson termed playing with Virat Kohli to be one of his career highlights. Watson shared the Royal Challengers Bangalore dressing room with the Indian captain in the 2016 and 2017 editions of the IPL.

After the conclusion of IPL 2020, Watson announced his retirement from all forms of the game. The Aussie had a fairly successful career in all three formats of cricket.


When talking about his IPL experience, Watson told on how fascinating it was for him to observe Virat Kohli from close quarters.

“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 cricket podcast.

Adding to which he said that Kohli’s off-the-field personality is interesting as well.

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

The former Aussie all-rounder won two IPL titles in his career, one with Rajasthan Royals in the inaugural IPL in 2008 and then ten years later in 2018 playing for Chennai Super Kings. Watson retired from international cricket in 2016 but played franchise cricket around the world for a few more years.

Watson has accumulated 3874 runs in 145 IPL games with an average of 31 and a strike rate of 138. The all-rounder scored four hundred in his IPL career, including a memorable century in the 2018 finals against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

In terms of bowling in IPL, the Aussie scalped 92 wickets with a decent economy rate of 7.93.