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Watson smashed 80 from just 59 against Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2019 final but was unable to take the team past the finish line. @ Screengrab

He may be Australian but is known widely across Tamil Nadu and Chennai in particular, much more than any local star, that’s the veteran allrounder Shane Watson, who surprised fans on Saturday after making a pit stop to Chennai.

Watson, who plies his trade for Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has been one of the foundations of the yellow brigade. And it was no secret that when he set foot on Indian soil, he had to catch up on a cricket match.

Watson revealed in a video posted by CSK, that he will be present for the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL 2019) final on August 15 (Thursday) at Chepauk. “Hi CSK fans, it’s great to be back here in Chennai,” Watson said in the video.

Not many noticed the knee injury Watson, 38, was carrying during the IPL 2019 final between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, but he dominated the narrative once team-mate Harbhajan Singh posted a photo of Watson’s bloodied knee right after the final.

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Watson smashed 80 from just 59 against Mumbai Indians in the final, but was unable to take the team past the finish line as he was run out on 80 while trying to steal an extra run in the final over of a tense 150-run chase. CSK went on to lose the match by 1 run.

Nonetheless, Watson said that he has fully recovered and is eager to interact with fans in Chennai. “Thank you so much for all your prayers and wishes. I am back to full health. It’s so nice to be back here in Chennai to take a look at some of the TNPL games. I will be back in Chennai to watch the final on the 15th. Great to be back in my second home,” he said.

Watson also wished his CSK team-mate Suresh Raina, who recently underwent a knee surgery, a speedy recovery. “Suresh Raina, so sorry to hear about your knee injury. Hope it’s not too bad mate and you get back to full fitness very quickly. All the best mate,” he said.