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IPL 2021: RCB stint helped in settling differences with Gayle, says Watson

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New Delhi: Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has said playing in IPL for RCB helped him settle his differences with Chris Gayle.

Speaking on the Grade Cricket Podcast, the former Australia all-rounder said his relationship with Gayle was not easy in the beginning.

“The awkward part was with Chris Gayle. He came into the cricket academy when I was there at 19 and I always enjoyed the way he played and we always got well when we played against each other. But then things sort of shifted when we kept playing against each other a lot more and then we didn’t particularly get along that well,” Watson said on the podcast.

“I had a run in with him. It was during a Test match at Perth where he got under my skin and then I swear I had a go at him. I carried on after getting him out and then he sort of fueled the fire in the media saying he expected that behaviour and all that stuff. So yeah, didn’t particularly get along at all.”

Watson said Royal Challengers Bangalore helped them bury the hatchet. Watson played for RCB for two years from 2017.

“We were playing at separate teams in the PSL as well,” Watson said.

“The IPL auction was on and it came out that I got singled to RCB and he was playing there. I thought it’s going to be awkward. I thought we might butt heads in the field.

“So I just had to break the ice. I saw him down by the pool the next day and from then on, it’s actually really good.”

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