Jaipur: Shane Watson was a man in turmoil when he left the tour of India last month after being disciplined by the team management but the Australian all-rounder says he forgot his troubles as soon as he had his new-born child in his arms.
Watson was one of the six Australian players who were suspended for a match after failing to complete a presentation sought by coach Mickey Arthur during the disastrous tour which ended in a 0-4 thrashing for the visitors.
The imposing all-rounder left the tour immediately and threatened to re-evaluate his future. But he eventually changed his mind and came back to lead the side in the absence of an injured Michael Clarke.
Watson said while at home, as soon as he held his newborn son, Will, his mind was "cleared of all the past troubles and helped him focus on future"
"Having children is one of the most beautiful things in the world. I have a baby boy now and that has made me more compassionate," said the Australian, who is currently playing for the Rajasthan Royals.
The cricketer said being a father had helped him move on from the "fractured relationships" in the team, the infamous "homework-gate" and a public denouncement that he was not always a team-man.
On the eve of their match against Royal Challengers, Watson was here for a promotional event in association with Santokaba Durlabhji Hospital.
"It is great to be here and represent Rajasthan Royals in the Cleft Care Centre at SDMH. I have played for a few teams back home but Jaipur crowd is like a home crowd here. The support I got here is unbelievable.
"After taking a lot from the overwhelming support here, it is time to give back to the local people. It will be great if I contribute in giving back smiles on the faces of the cleft ridden people," said Watson.