Watson also took the opportunity to thank his charismatic captain-cum-coach at Rajasthan Royals.
"Shane was amazing. He provided me the right opportunity and instilled confidence in all the members. He was simply superb as a captain," said Watson, who was judged the Most Valuable Player in IPL.
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Watson doesn't hesitate to admit that he also benefited from all-rounder Andrew Symonds' absence, which paved the way for his Test recall.
"No doubt about that. At number six, Symonds was doing a great job. I don't know what would have happened had he been part of the squad. But this is an opportunity for me and I have to make the most of it," he said with a palpable sense of urgency.
Image: Shane Warne (left) and Shane Watson share a laugh during an outback boot camp training session in the Beerwah State Forest near Brisbane on August 23, 2006.