"Even though it was Twenty20, it was a world-class competition. It had the intensity, the crowds and I felt it was a great challenge. Hopefully it works favourably on my case," said Watson, who after a short holiday in the Maldives, will travel to England for a six-week stint with Hampshire. The most important thing is to continue to string games together and improve, and I know I'll be playing cricket somewhere ... My dream all along has been to break back in and be a permanent member of the Australian team," Fox Sports quoted him, as saying.
Whether he will hear his name chanted by the crowd, as he did in Mumbai last week, is another matter. "I hope one day that adulation might be there in Australia because it's my home country, and I love playing in Australia, for Australia," he said.
A member of Shane Warne's triumphant Rajasthan Royals, Watson said the intensity of the IPL was comparable with international cricket, and hoped it would bring redemption. The all-rounder departed India with 472 runs at 47 plus 17 wickets, and an appreciation of life as an IPL heartthrob.
He credited his skipper in the IPL, Shane Warne with rebuilding his confidence and renowned physiotherapist Victor Popov, who has worked with the Brisbane Lions and Australian cyclist Robbie McEwen, with rebuilding his body.