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Watson crowned Player of the Tournament

18 March 2019

Shane Watson

Thunder captain continues to dominate T20 circuit

Sydney Thunder's Shane Watson was named Player of the Tournament and Best Batsman of the Tournament after his side the Quetta Gladiators claimed the Pakistan Super League title on Sunday night.

He scored 430 runs from 12 innings at a strike rate of 143.81, 73 runs ahead of the next best batsman, and ended the tournament with three half centuries and a high score of 91 not out to his name.

Only two players hit more sixes than Watson, while he hit more boundaries than any other player.

Earlier this month, Watson announced he would travel to Pakistan to contest the finals with the Gladiators. He had not played in Pakistan in the previous two tournaments.

"It has been a tough decision, more so from my family's point of view, and it all comes down to the support that my wife and my family has given me," Watson said.

"I am very excited as it has been 14 years since I was in Pakistan last."

Watson's successful PSL campaign follows a solid summer for Thunder in the KFC Big Bash League.

The 37-year-old hit 344 runs at a strike rate of 129.81, including a blistering century against Brisbane Heat at the Gabba.

Watson is now preparing for another Indian Premier League campaign with reigning champions Chennai Super Kings.

He hit two centuries for Chennai last season, including an unbeaten 117 in the final against Sunrisers Hyderabad, finishing with the fifth-most runs in the tournament.