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‘I know how much it meant’ – Shane Watson reflects on his last over in 2016 final

By Daniel S

May 17, 2022

Despite playing all the editions of the Indian T20 League so far, Bangalore are yet to win a title. They have made it to the final on three occasions. However, they came really close to winning the title in 2016.

It is to be noted that Virat Kohli was absolutely sensational in the ninth edition of the league, and was scoring runs for fun. While he scored 973 runs in the 2016 edition, he led the Bangalore-based franchise to the grand finale. The final clash between them and Hyderabad saw the orange army score 208 in the first innings. The major turning point of the game was the 20th over, which was bowled by Shane Watson.

The legendary all-rounder leaked 24 runs in the final over of the first innings. After which, Bangalore failed to chase 209, and fell short of their target by eight runs. Thus, Watson recently drew light on the same. He spoke about how he felt shattered after his performance in the 2016 final.

“The 2016 final which I played with RCB was something I was just shattered about. Because I know how much it meant to RCB to win that final. It was at home at Chinnaswamy. RCB had played so well all year, at the backend of that tournament in particular.

Virat in particular was on fire. It was his chance, one of the greatest players, to win that elusive IPL title as captain. And bowling that one over just shattered me. It just got it wrong and I felt like the end of time,” said Shane Watson on the podcast of the Delhi-based franchise. Nevertheless, the legendary all-rounder did go on to redeem himself as he went on to score a match-winning hundred in the 2018 final while playing for Chennai.

Watson is currently the assistant coach of Delhi in the ongoing 15th edition of the league. As far as the Rishabh Pant-led side are concerned, they have won seven out of their 13 games. Thus, they are currently placed fourth on the points table.