Shane Watson – Andre Russell prototype of next gen all-rounders

If you were an Australian cricketer aspiring to be a part of the national side in the early 2000s, you were either delusional or you were determined to be exceptional. Shane Watson was the latter. He was able to get into a squad filled with match winners like Matthew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne and Brett Lee. How did he do it? By being a fantastic middle order batsman and an effective seam bowler for Australia. He may not be as iconic as some of his mold like Jacques Kallis, Imran Khan or Kapil Dev, but the two time World Cup winner will be known for beating the odds and making a mark in the international game.

We asked the RCB all rounder about the challenges and advantages of being a fast bowling all-rounder in this era. He says that fast bowling all-rounders like Andre Russell are going to be the prototype of next gen cricketers, especially in the shorter format. Check out what he had to say!

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(Akhil Nair is a sports writer at The Ring Side View. You can follow him on Facebook Here & Twitter Here)

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