Australian all-rounder Shane Watson who is known for his batting and bowling skills (not to mention the capacity to hit the ball out of the park) talks to CS about his team, captain Rahul Dravid and how Jaipur is like a second home to him:
A role model
I feel that Rahul Dravid really worked on getting us together as a team. He did an amazing job, and our coach Paddy Upton certainly complemented him. Rahul Dravid is one of the most remarkable people I’ve ever met and it’s an absolute honour to play with him. He has been a constant source of inspiration for me as well as the team and his captaincy is brilliant. As far as his batting is concerned, Rahul was amazing to watch throughout this season. I think that just about everyone in the world of cricket would never have thought that Rahul could take down bowlers like he has. For me, Rahul bats like he is batting in his early 20s. I feel he still has a few more years in him.
Becoming a dad provided a lot of clarity. It is one of the reasons you are on the planet, to bring beautiful things into the world, and now I’ve got more important things to worry about. I, now, spend time focusing on Will (his son), and all the other things that used to take up time in my mind are no longer as important. The first week of Will’s life was easily the best week of my life, to spend time with Lee (his wife) and Will and doing everything I could to make him feel happy and peaceful was just amazing.
Home away from home
Jaipur is my second home now. I like the city and I love the crowds who always support me during the league. It’s great to hear them shout Waatson…. Waatson throughout the match. It really energises me. People in Jaipur shower a lot of love on me, and that’s something I truly cherish. Culturally, I love the forts in and around Jaipur. Dal Makhni is my favourite Indian dish.
I have always idolised Steve Waugh. According to me, he was the best captain Australia ever had. Besides, he was a fighter with a never-say-die spirit. Such qualities have always endeared me to him.