Watson ended his IPL career as one of the finest overseas players to feature in
the league. He ranks 15 th on the batting charts with 3874 runs at an
average of 30.99 and bagged 92 wickets. Watson
was a part of the IPL 2008 champion Rajasthan Royals team as well and tasted
another title victory in 2018 with Chennai Super Kings.
However, the former Australian batter reckoned that he still regrets the opportunity to deliver with the ball in the IPL 2016 final for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Although the 41-year-old was the star with the ball to take 20 wickets in the season, he could score only 179 runs.
Watson thinks he could not execute his strategies well to contain runs in the final, despite being well prepared. He gave away 61 runs off his quota of four overs, which resulted in the Sunrisers posting 208 on the board. Then, the prolific batter could only score 11 off 9, and RCB lost the game by eight runs.
“And the caveat is, the 2016 IPL final that I played for Royal Challengers Bangalore was probably one of the worst games that I ever had, especially from a bowling point of view. I went for 61 off my four overs, and even though I was very well prepared, there were a couple of things that meant I just wasn't executing my skills, and I got exposed in a big way.”
Watson produced his best performance in the IPL 2018 with 555 runs in 15 games at an average of 39.64 to help CSK lift the trophy. He last featured in the cash-rich T20 tournament in 2020.