IPL made me a better player of spin, says Watson

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Published: Thursday, October 18, 2012, 12:56 [IST]
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IPL helps Watson play spin better

Bangalore, Oct 18: Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has said playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has helped him become a better player against spin.

Watson, who is part of the Rajasthan Royals for five years of IPL, considers himself "lucky" to have played a lot of cricket in the subcontinent.

Talking to Champions League Twenty20 website clt20.com, the right-hander said: "I've been very lucky to play a lot of cricket in the subcontinent. I've played for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL for five years now and that has certainly helped my game, especially against spin in the shorter form of the game.

"To get used to the conditions you have to be able to adapt to them. You need special adjustments to play on the subcontinent tracks and the wickets in Sri Lanka were not too far away from those in India. So, I could take on some of the best spinners in the world. When the ball is turning it is a big challenge as my last couple of games at the World Cup showed."

Watson was a key player in Royals' title triumph in the inaugural edition of IPL in 2008. He excelled under Shane Warne's captaincy and that helped him win back his place in the Australian team.

Currently, Watson is turning out for Sydney Sixers in the Champions League.


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