Shane Watson recalls the fiery spell from Wahab Riaz in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. He reveals the reason what fired up Riaz.
Shane Watson recalls that fiery fast bowling spells: Cricket fans are aware of the fact that the Australian players are always aggressive on the field. They tend to have a go at the opposition players. The Aussie players never shy away from a banter on the field. However, some players relish these sledges and perform better when they face such a challenge.
The Indian captain Virat Kohli is one such name. We have already seen the infamous altercation between Virat Kohli and Mitchell Johnson. Post that incident, the Australian Team learned a lesson and decided to not have a go at him in India’s next tour Down Under.
Another such incident happened when Shane Watson riled up Pakistani fast bowler Wahab Riaz when Australia faced Pakistan in the quarter-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. What followed, just shook Watson from head to toe. The world witnessed a lethal and dangerous fast bowling spell from Riaz.
Pakistani fast bowlers always have the quality to bowl fast and trouble the lives of the non-subcontinent batsmen. Shane Watson recently revealed that he regrets sledging Wahab Riaz which riled him to deliver that deadly spell against him.
Watson recalls that dangerous spell
He even said that the moment was one of the most memorable for him. However, he did not enjoy it at all then.
“Wahab Riaz went absolutely crazy, bouncing the living daylights out of me, he bowled super accurate and he kept bouncing me,” Watson spoke about the World Cup game.
“It was very silly and naive of me that I didn’t realize that Wahab Riaz could bowl that fast. I said something to him – because he kept playing and missing Mitchell Starc – so I ran past him and said, ‘Have you got a hole in your bat? Because you just keep missing the ball.’
And again, I didn’t realize he could bowl that fast so once I got out there, I got absolutely peppered,” he said while answering his fans on his Instagram page.
Wahab finished with figures of 9-0-54-2 at the end of the game. However, it does not reflect on the outstanding spell he bowled at the Adelaide Oval. Watson was continuously facing the fast and well-directed bouncers from Riaz.
He kept ducking and reacting to it. The way, Riaz was bowling, it was just a matter of time before he scalped Watson. However, Watson’s catch was dropped at deep.
Watson played an unbeaten knock of 64 off 66 balls. The innings was pivotal in Australia’s cause of progressing to the semi-finals. At the end of the match, the match referee fined Riaz 50 percent of his match fees and Watson had to pay 15 percent of his match fees. In the future, whenever we talk about a dangerous spell in cricket history, Wahab’s spell to Watson will be right up there.