Watson missing out on meeting expectations in BPL
If you want to enlist the biggest names playing this season of Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League, Australian all-rounder Shane Watson will be one of the names to appear at the top. He has the experience of playing in almost every major franchise-based T20 tournaments to his credit. But unfortunately, he is missing out time and again on meeting the expectations.
Watson joined the party midway through the tournament, and has so far featured in four matches for Rangpur Rangers. But still he has not performed with the ball. And also as a batsman coming to open for his team, Watson failed to leave a mark. With scores of 5, 1, 7, 2 facing a total of 32 balls, 15 is all the Aussie has in his account.
A team naturally expects so much from a player of Watson’s caliber. But his out of touch is also hampering the progress of Rangpur as a team, said the young all-rounder Al-Amin.
After losing to Rajshahi Royals on Thursday, Al-Amin said: “If you have someone like this (Watson) in your team, you will hope for something big from him. But maybe that is not happening just yet. We are looking forward to seeing it happen. And as far as pressure is concerned, it is really very important to perform well. In that sense, we need his batting.”
When the team had first met each other in Dhaka, Rangpur got a big win over Rajshahi. But this time around they had to concede a 30-run defeat to the same team. Asked what the reason was behind this, Al-Amin pointed at the score of the opposition which was beyond their reach.
“I think 160, or 150-155 would be an easy chase. But what they made was too much. It is by no way an 180-run wicket,” he said.