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Said about PSL?
So PSL 2019 has been wrapped and Quetta Gladiators have
shown that perseverance pays off and hard work and team work has no
alternate. Watson in an interview said
things which won even more respect by Pakistani people and really validated our
struggles. Upon asking what he feels about the tournament.
“It has been amazing,” Watson said. “I was looked after
incredibly well. The love and support I got since I arrive is incredible and it
not surprising at all because any time in different parts of the world where
Pakistani fans are around they always show love and support, I had a very
special time here.”
This was Watson’s first visit to Pakistan in 14 years after
he last visited the country with Australia A team in 2005. He never imagined
this was the comeback he will get upon his return.
After initially being reluctant to visit Pakistan, he agreed
to take a flight to Karachi following a detailed discussion with the Gladiators
Nadeem Omar and his family.
Watson said the decision on touring Pakistan was his
family’s and he was glad that this time he arrived here to play for Quetta.
“It always came down to my family, I talked to my wife and
my son who was struggling with me being away. It’s a family decision. My wife
has been incredibly supportive, she always has been throughout my career and
she tries to make things work. I am glad it worked out,” he said.
Replying to a question about his PSL journey, Watson said
that being part of Quetta Gladiators’ journey has been an amazing experience
for him and this is something that will always remind him of Pakistan.
“My team, my team-mates,” he said when asked about his best
memories from his visit to Pakistan.
“I am part of Quetta for last two years and it’s a very
special environment. I am certainly taking away so many incredible memories
having so many great people as part of the franchise and our win tonight is
very special,” he said.
Talking about the competition level in Pakistan Super
League, the Australian cricketer said that for a batsman, PSL is always tough
and challenging as scoring runs is never easy.
“Competition level is incredibly strong, there is no
question about it. From the batting point of view, it is very challenging,
every time I go for batting I face world-class fast bowlers who are bowling at
very good speeds as well. The spin is also very good. So, it is a huge
challenge. I am so grateful that I was able to contribute this year to Quetta’s
victory,” said Watson, who scored 430 runs in 12 innings to win the best
batsman and player of the PSL awards.
He also praised the emerging player Mohammad Hasnain who
impressed everyone with his fiery bowling in the tournament.
“He is an incredibly special talent. He is always so cool
under pressure and for a young guy to be able to bowl that fast and have that
much control under pressure is certainly very special,” Watson said.
“Pakistan has certainly unearthed a very good fast bowling
He also spoke highly of Quetta Gladiators captain Sarfaraz
Ahmed in amazingly encouraging words.
“We won, which means we have got great leadership. Saffy
knows the team very well, knows the players very well and was able to get the
best out of everyone,” Watson said about Sarfaraz, who is also Pakistan’s
captain in all three formats.