The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League is currently underway in the UAE. There was heavy speculation over whether IPL 2020 would happen, following the outbreak of the COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus. However, the postponement of the ICC T20 World Cup meant that there was a window for the IPL to happen and the organisers jumped at the opportunity! Now, the tournament is moving towards the business end with the penultimate league game happening today. However, this year's IPL witnessed a number of Firsts, with the tournament being conducted behind closed doors without any spectators. Also, the teams have been restricted inside their very own biosecure bubbles. This season also marked the first ever time that the 3-time Champions Chennai Super Kings did not qualify for the Playoffs, in the seasons that they have participated in. Shockingly, CSK became the first team to be eliminated from IPL 2020 and the "Dad's Army" as they have been called in recent times, was looking at major changes ahead of next year's tournament!

CSK had opted for experience and had selected a team full of proven performers at their last auction but unfortunately most of the players were past their prime and the average age of the team was very high. This showed in the performance of the players this year and Shane Watson - the former Australia international all-round cricketer who has been opening the batting for CSK, struggled to get going. Watson has played many explosive and match-winning innings for CSK and has been one of the stellar performers & a legend in the IPL, ever since its first season. It has now come to light that Watson has announed to his CSK teammates that he is retiring from all forms of cricket, after CSK's last match against Kings XI Punjab! Watson had an indifferent season this year and couldn't replicate his usual form but still played a couple of defining innings. However, he was replaced at the top by youngster Ruturaj Gaikwad, who went on to score 3 consecutive half-centuries and helped CSK win their last 3 matches.

A media report quotes Watson as informing his CSK teammates, that he is retiring from all forms of cricket, including franchise cricket - the only format he has been playing in recent times. The report reveals an unnamed source from the CSK team as quoting, "Watson was very emotional when he told the CSK dressing room after the last game that he would retire. He said that it was a great privilege for him to play for the franchise." Watson played a crucial role in CSK winning the title in 2018, when they returned to the IPL after serving a 2-year ban. He also played a very vital role in CSK playing the final in 2019 and also hit a valiant century in the final which CSK unfortunately went on to lose by a single run. Watson started out with Rajasthan Royals in the first edition of the IPL, which he helped them win. He also played for RCB before moving to CSK. It would definitely be a loss to CSK that Watson will not be seen again in the Yellow jersey but MSD had informed at the post-match presentation after CSK's last match that the team management is looking at changing the core players to come back strongly next season. Thank you Watto for all the good memories you have provided us on the field and wishing you the best in the next phase of your career!