Watson believes he still has a long way to go before becoming anywhere near as good as Kallis
Having had an excellent run with both bat and ball during the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20, many cricket pundits believe Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has become as good as South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis.
However, Watson, being as modest as ever, denied these claims and stated that he was nowhere near as good as Kallis.
“When I look at it, I find myself nowhere near Jacques Kallis simply because what he has achieved in all forms of the game, just in Test cricket to have played over 150 matches (156) and scoring at an average of over 58 (56 plus) and getting more than 250 wickets (280), is something that people just dream of. It is a privilege being out playing in the same era as him. He is a world class T20 player and look at the way he has adapted being a world class all-rounder. For me, if he is not the best, he will still be among the best couple to have played the game,” Watson said.
Reminiscing about the group stages match against the West Indies, Watson noted that getting the wicket of Chris Gayle was a morale booster for both himself and the rest of the team.
“I am trying to execute the simple things like bowling wicket to wicket. Against Gayle, my plan was to bowl as close as possible to his body. I didn’t want to give him any room to swing his arm. Then no ground in the world would seem to be big enough for him. But I am disappointed that I couldn’t execute my plans against Marlon Samuels,” Watson added.
During the World Twenty20, Watson admitted that he batted more freely than usual since he had specialists such as David Warner and Michael Hussey backing him up.
“The manner in which Warner bats takes a lot of pressure off me. As far as Hussey is concerned, he has shown in IPL how good he is. He never seems to take any risk, yet he scores at a brisk pace. It’s important that the top three in your batting line-up set up a platform,” Watson said.