Shane Watson, who scored a valiant 80 for the Chennai Super Kings in the finals of the just concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) which CSK lost to Mumbai Indians, batted all the way battling an injury, reveals his teammate Harbhajan Singh.
Watson almost proved the saviour in the cliffhanger chase, playing a sensational 59-ball knock in an almost one-man show as CSK tried to chase down Mumbai's 8/149 on Sunday at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
The Australian almost pulled off the miracle to win the fourth IPL trophy for the Yellow Brigade who fell short by just one run.
Singh on Monday posted a photo on his Instagram showing the Australian on bended knee, flaying a ball through the off-side. In the image, one can see a large patch of blood on Watson's left upper thigh and Singh revealed how the opening batsman wasn't going to be stopped by the wound. "Can you guys see the blood on his knee," Singh wrote. "He got 6 stitches after the game... got injured while diving but continue (sic) to bat without telling anyone.
"That's our @srwatson33, almost pulled it (off) for us last night," he added.
Here's how Twitterati reacted:
This is how you set examples for the next generation who are Watching the sport. Every action was by choice, not by chance. Take a bow @ShaneRWatson33.
— Saravanan Hari ??? (@CricSuperFan) May 13, 2019
Respect for Shane Watson has gone beyond roof. His left knee seems to be badly injured with blood flowing out. He still batted and dived in the last over. Admirable from Watto to put his body on line at 38 after suffering from injuries throughout his career ?? pic.twitter.com/4yqeGoubk4
— Shubh AggarWall (@shubh_chintak) May 13, 2019
There is no words to describe this legend #shanewatson. Even 100 trophies aren't enough for his performance. Hoping this generation cricketers have atleast half the passion u have? pic.twitter.com/VEoB88JskS
— Sanjay (@Sanjayajay08) May 13, 2019
— Sivaram.R (@itissivaram) May 13, 2019
Always loved seeing Shane Watson play. That has gone up to another level after knowing what kind of dedication he showed to his team yesterday.With blood flowing from his knees , which required 6 stitches later , Watson hammered 80 against the best bowling line up of the IPL.#CSK pic.twitter.com/xN8DgwrX85
— Anish Ancil (@anishancil) May 13, 2019
— Pugazhendhi (@pugazhendhii) May 13, 2019
This is pure commitment and dedication for the team which you love! What an effort by Shane Watson to battle it out with injury and pain. Hats off Watto, you are a Champion!?#CSK #WhistlePodu #Yellove@ShaneRWatson33 @ChennaiIPL pic.twitter.com/hwuFZut9LQ
— Whistle Podu Army ® - CSK Fan Club (@CSKFansOfficial) May 13, 2019
Shane Watson. The ultimate hero. Who showed the world the color of blood can be yellow. God bless you #Watto You are a superhero. @ShaneRWatson33 Proud and honored that you are #CSK. #yellove #ChennaiSuperKings #IPL #ShaneWatson pic.twitter.com/pgpmmalKTA
— Kasturi Shankar (@KasthuriShankar) May 13, 2019
(With IANS inputs)