The cricketer has been a bully of the system throughout his career and has been highly criticised for using up the referral at wrong point of time © Getty Images
The cricketer has been a bully of the system throughout his career and has been highly criticised for using up the referral at wrong point of time © Getty Images

Australia‘s Shane Watson, after retiring from international cricket, has now said that the use of Decision Review System (DRS) was the hardest thing he faced during his career as an opener. Watson is picked by Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and is playing for them in the ongoing Twenty20 (T20) league. As the technology was introduced during a time he was in the international circuit, Watson has revealed that it has been hard for him to get used to the system. The cricketer has been a bully of the system throughout his career and has been highly criticised for using up the referral at wrong point of time. READ: IPL 2016: Shane Watson reveals secret behind fitness

Talking to cricket.com.au, Watson said, “This new technology comes in and you’re supposed to know how to use it at the highest level, straight away. I was an opening batsman, the ball was moving, I didn’t know exactly whether it was close, whether it was missing leg, hitting middle. You’re also conferring with your partner as well; it’s not just me reviewing it straight away every time, because you’re there with your mate and he’s trying to help you out as well.”

“The backlash that I got (was immense), and I copped it all the way, because at the back-end of my career the crowd and everyone just gave it to me for referrals. The hardest thing was using up a review, it going against me, and then your mate, who was batting lower down the order who actually had a decision to review, didn’t have any to use,” he added.

“I was doing the best I could with what was in front of me. I didn’t do it that well, I learnt the hard way in front of a few million people and I get reminded of it very regularly,” the all-rounder concluded.