In a nail-biting finish, Mumbai Indians (MI) won the IPL 2019 final just by one run and prevented the defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) from regaining the trophy.
Chasing a modest target of 150, most of the Chennai batsmen failed to deliver, with the exception of opener Shane Watson. He almost took them over the line, but ultimately was dismissed in a last over run out. Although the Men in Yellow lost the final, Watson is getting a lot of praise on social media after fans got to know that he was playing with a bleeding knee.
A day after the finale, the CSK off-spinner Harbhajan Singh revealed that Watto had played with a bleeded knee during the run chase. Despite the injury, the veteran Australia batsman pulled off a brilliant 80-run knock off 59 balls to change the momentum of the game in Chennai’s favour. The CSK was close to victory but a superb slow ball from Lasith Malinga powered MI to win their fourth IPL title.
Twitterati are in awe of Watto’s fighting spirit and have hailed him as a true warrior.
Here are some of the best tweets :
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) May 13, 2019
Shane Watson. The ultimate hero. Who showed the world the color of blood can be yellow. God bless you #Watto You are a superhero. @ShaneRWatson33 Proud and honored that you are #CSK. #yellove #ChennaiSuperKings #IPL #ShaneWatson pic.twitter.com/pgpmmalKTA
— Kasturi Shankar (@KasthuriShankar) May 13, 2019
— Meher Ramesh (@MeherRamesh) May 14, 2019
Whatever this man did last n8 was beyond! I mean Watson played a knock that will be remembered! The blood from his knees …. 😭 …… Sometimes winning is not about the trophies it's about the heart and the soul and the blood that flows💓 #ShaneWatson 🔥 @ShaneRWatson33 pic.twitter.com/hrm3vxaIoT
— 🌎🌃🌈 (@for_frodo_) May 13, 2019
Shane Watson batting in the IPL Final with blood on his knees, had 6 stitches after the game but went about his business on the field without anybody knowing about what he was going through physically.
IPL is not fixed. These guys don't play only for the money.
This is passion. pic.twitter.com/F11ziWzbNs
— Manya (@CSKian716) May 13, 2019
This is how you set examples for the next generation who are Watching the sport. Every action was by choice, not by chance. Take a bow @ShaneRWatson33.
— Saravanan Hari 💛🦁🏏 (@CricSuperFan) May 13, 2019
When he got run out thought it was a easy two. Now got to know he has batted with the bleeding knee… Massive respect champion 💛 pic.twitter.com/7lcLMtWKbi
— Bobgally (@Krishnan_Masi) May 13, 2019
Respect for Shane Watson has gone beyond roof. His left knee seems to be badly injured with blood flowing out. He still batted and dived in the last over. Admirable from Watto to put his body on line at 38 after suffering from injuries throughout his career 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/4yqeGoubk4
— Shuβh Aggarwal (@shubh_chintak) May 13, 2019
I am Mumbai Indians fan but after seeing his pics showing blood behind his pads , I think he deserved to win but unfortunately he couldn't.
One thing is for sure that he has won millions of hearts. #Watto
— Nishant Singh Parihar (@nsp2607) May 13, 2019
This made me cry😫😫 …no words for this.. totally speechless..😐😶
What a man… 🙌
Dedication & Effort👏
WARRIOR …LEGEND 🙏
He deserve ipl trophy.💝😔😔#Watto @ChennaiIPL@ShaneRWatson33 respect for you increased even more.😍 pic.twitter.com/41qsRg5tVT
— яιѕнι мο∂ι (@_Shiri7) 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