Chennai Super Kings' Shane Watson played a heroic knock on Sunday in the IPL 2019 final against Mumbai Indians but his valiant effort was not enough for his team to lift their 4th Indian Premier League title.
Watson, who was ultimately run-out in the last over of the game, scored 80 off 59 balls and almost looked certain to take his team home in Hyderabad before falling.
The Australian smashed eight fours and four sixes but it was not enough as Mumbai won a thriller by a run and lifted their record fourth IPL title.
However, it was noted by some eagle-eyed fans on Twitter that Watson played on despite a bleeding left knee in the final and was lauded for his heroics.
Watson's teammate Harbhajan Singh also confirmed that the 37-year-old did play on with a bleeding knee and it needed six stitches later on.
According to News18 Hindi, nobody from the team management knew that he was bleeding during the game and they only got to know when he was out in the last over and returned to the dressing room.
Bhajji later on also posted a photo of Watson on his Instagram story and lauded him for his heroics.
Always loved seeing Shane Watson play. That has gone up to another level after knowing what kind of dedication he showed to his team yesterday.With blood flowing from his knees , which required 6 stitches later , Watson hammered 80 against the best bowling line up of the IPL.#CSK pic.twitter.com/xN8DgwrX85— Anish Ancil (@anishancil) May 13, 2019
— Thyview (@Thyview) May 13, 2019
This is pure commitment and dedication for the team which you love! What an effort by Shane Watson to battle it out with injury and pain. Hats off Watto, you are a Champion!💛#CSK #WhistlePodu #Yellove@ShaneRWatson33 @ChennaiIPL pic.twitter.com/hwuFZut9LQ— Whistle Podu Army ® - CSK Fan Club (@CSKFansOfficial) May 13, 2019
Shane Watson batted with the bleeding knee even without telling anyone and almost won the game for CSK in finals. He got six stitches after the game.— Bobgally (@Krishnan_Masi) May 13, 2019
Sums up the dedication! 💛 pic.twitter.com/hOTCxy3cSf