Those who watched the IPL final between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, know how CSK went from needing 42 runs off 24 deliveries at one point, to taking the match to literally the last ball.
What most of us don't know is that Shane Watson - the person who made this possible with his outstanding 80-run innings - was badly injured while he was playing.
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
Proud fan of @ChennaiIPL forever. 💛 🦁 Shane Watson, Watto Man !! pic.twitter.com/hBd0Y8gjva
Splitting open his knee while taking a dive to save his wicket, Watson continued batting with a bleeding one in hope of seeing his side home.
He later got 6 stitches, an information shared by his teammate Harbhajan Singh with a disturbing picture that shows his knee soaked in blood.
CSK ended up losing the last ball thriller by one run but Watson's heroics and dedication will go down as one of IPL's most historic moments.
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
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
There is no words to describe this legend #shanewatson. Even 100 trophies aren't enough for his performance. Hoping this generation cricketers have atleast half the passion u have💕 pic.twitter.com/VEoB88JskS— Sanjay (@Sanjayajay08) 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
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.— Manya (@CSKian716) May 13, 2019
IPL is not fixed. These guys don't play only for the money.
This is passion. pic.twitter.com/F11ziWzbNs