World T20: Modest Watson says Kallis far ahead of him

first_imgBits and pieces cricketers are a dime a dozen but by definition, a genuine all-rounder is one who could be picked in the side on the basis of his batting or bowling alone. And that’s as rare as hen’s teeth.Which is why Australia can thank their lucky stars that they possess Shane Watson, a man who almost single-handedly won them both their matches in the World Twenty20 so far with bat and ball.And yet, Watson doesn’t consider himself the best all-rounder in the world. Not by a long shot.”When I look at it, I find myself nowhere near Jacques Kallis, simply because of what he has achieved in all forms of the game,” Watson said when asked to compare himself with the South African great.”People dream of stats like his. Just in Test cricket to have played over 150 matches, scoring at an average of over 56 and getting more than 250 wickets is something that people just dream of. It is a privilege to play in the same era as him. He is a world class T20 player – look at the way he has adapted. For me, if he is not the best, he will still be among the best couple of players to have played the game.” Modesty aside, Watson has truly been the rockstar for the Aussies in the last few years, coming through on the promise he showed when first picked for the country 10 years ago. The spate of injuries he seemed to carry in his kitbag have finally given him some breathing space, and he has pushed his Test and ODI batting averages to 37 and 41 respectively, while his bowling averages are a respectable 28 each.In the rain-affected game against the West Indies on Saturday, Watson had probably made the biggest error possible in T20 cricket by dropping Chris Gayle early on, and took it upon himself to make up for it by first getting him out, and then tonking a 24-ball 41 to keep the Aussies ahead in the Duckworth-Lewis calculations. “I felt the pain (of dropping him) for the next 16 overs. I kept thinking about it and decided I had to make up for it with the bat. But that never makes you feel any better,” Watson said.The man from Ipswich, Queensland, criticised the Australian bowlers for their lacklustre effort, reserving some especially harsh words for himself.”We certainly, at times, bowled well, but there were other times when we executed very poorly, considering we knew exactly where these guys were going to score their runs. Especially Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, we knew exactly where their strength areas were and we didn’t execute anywhere near what we needed to,” he said.advertisementlast_img

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