"One morning I woke up in Dharamsala to the beautiful view and I don't know what it was exactly but I knew now was the right time," Watson said. "I've really enjoyed my time being back in the Australian squad. But it is quite different; none of the other guys I played with growing up are here anymore. I've made the right decision. I couldn't really see the light with the all the injuries I had", he said announcing his retirement.
In his illustrious 14 years of career he had played alongside Australian legends such as Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne and Adam Gilchrist and he added that he misses them.
Watson, 34, has played 339 competitive matches in all forms of the game, including 59 tests, 190 One Day Internationals and 52 T20s and was number one all-rounder in the T20 ranking for two years. Watson is one of only seven men in history to have achieved the double of 10,000 runs and 250 wickets in international cricket across all three formats.
Over the past two decades Watson has been a formidable cricketer. In his youth, he was quite a fast bowler; and can always hit the ball as hard as any batsman.
He was precisely clean with striking his bat and his bowling was accurate and could swing the ball when conditions suited. Shane Watson will always be remembered for holding the Australian record for the highest ODI score: his unbeaten 185 against Bangladesh in Dhaka in 2011. He will finish with for 5,757 runs at 40.54, and 168 wickets at 31.79to his name in the ODI. Yet throughout it all he has been a curiously vulnerable cricketer, career hit with few injuries.
Though Watson will continue to play for his domestic side Sydney Thunder, he will also play for Royal Challengers Bangalore and Islamabad United in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Pakistan Super Leagues (PSL) respectively.