Now with the Chennai Super Kings, the Australian all-rounder was given a mighty helping hand from his former employers at the start of his innings.
Former Australia global Watson spent eight Indian Premier League campaigns with the Royals, getting two centuries during his stint with the franchise.
Shane Watson capitalized on a dropped catch in the first over and whacked 106 as Chennai Super Kings drove to an easy 64-run victory over Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League on Friday. In reply, the Royals were bowled out for 140.
For the Rajasthan Royals, a team studded with overseas batsmen like Short and Butler, Indian duo of Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson hold the key as they have been amongst the runs and would look to make the most out of it while others settle in.
Watson was on 8 when he was dropped at first slip by Rahul Tripathi off Stuart Binny.
The 36-year-old went all guns blazing against the franchise he spent over a decade with during the first few years of the IPL. Besides that, bowling department is also good, backed by K Gowtham and Ben Laughlin.
Watson shared a 50-run stand with fellow opener Ambati Rayudu (12) and then raised a 81-run partnership for the second wicket with comeback-man Suresh Raina, who hit a fiery 46 off 29 balls with nine boundaries. Some greats of the game in Michael Hussey and Stephen Fleming - a New Zealander and an Aussie, funnily enough - form the core of the CSK management and they have done a superb job of getting the team right on track. Shreyas Gopal returned with figures of 3/20 in his four overs. Chennai Super Kings played against with Rajasthan after a gap of 4 days. However, Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar did the early damage.
The Rajasthan Royals is the only team this season that have played with the same XI.
While he had Heinrich Klaasen dropped by Watson off the very first ball, Chahar made full use of the swinging ball under lights as he dismissed the unsafe Sanju Samson and skipper Ajinkya Rahane within the powerplay itself. Legspinner Karn Sharma finished off the tail with 2-16.