Australian all-rounder Shane Watson said his unbeaten knock of 64 against Pakistan in the World Cup quarterfinal is the “most important innings” of his ODI career as he was plain “lucky” to survive the hostile spell from Wahab Riaz.
Watson was not in the best of form going into the tournament, but ended up being a crucial cog in the wheel for Australia in the knockout stages as the hosts lifted their fifth World Cup trophy on Sunday.
His biggest challenge came when Watson had to negotiate some fiery bowling from Pakistan paceman Wahab Riaz during the quarterfinal, where Watson was dropped and took his chance to take Australia over the finish line. Wahab and Watson shared some choice words with each other and were both fined after the end of the match for their animated discussions.
“I thought about it as loud as it can get. I had a lot of luck specially to be able to get through that couple of overs in that spell. It worked well for me. It is the most important innings that I have played in ODI cricket as I said that I had a lot of luck through that phase because I was able to stay in win the match for my team,” an ecstatic Watson said at a media interaction after the team's victory celebration in Melbourne's Federation Square.
Watson has now been a part of two World Cup teams and said in jest that it can be associated with joys of having a second baby.