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Modest Watson plays down comparisons with Kallis

Last updated on: September 23, 2012 15:48 IST

Modest Watson plays down comparisons with Kallis



Humility is a virtue that champion sportspersons are blessed with and Australian all-rounder Shane Watson is no different as he sees himself "nowhere" when compared to South African great Jacques Kallis.

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"When I look at it, I find myself nowhere near Jacques Kallis simply because what he has achieved in all forms of the game," said a modest Watson, who has bagged back-to-back man-of-the-match awards for his all-round efforts against Ireland and West Indies.

"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," added Watson, paying rich tributes to the South African all-rounder.

Image: Australia's Shane Watson hits a six during the World Twenty20 match against the West Indies on Saturday
Photographs: Philip Brown/Reuters


'Trying to execute the simple things like bowling wicket to wicket'

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While Watson has been in ominous form with the bat, it is his ability to break partnerships that has become the talking point in this World Twenty20 so far.

Against Ireland, he got Kevin O'Brien and more importantly, on Saturday, dismissed the dangerous Chris Gayle who threatened to take the game away.

"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 arms. 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."

The all-rounder feels that presence of David Warner and Mike Hussey has helped him bat freely.

"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," he said.

Image: Australia's Shane Watson celebrates after dismissing West Indies' Chris Gayle
Photographs: Philip Brown/Reuters

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