Melbourne:Among the "first" to be sent home due to fitness problems until a couple of years ago, Shane Watson says it is ironic that he is one of the last few left standing as Australia defy a massive injury crisis in their ODI series triumph over India.
The all-rounder, who has played just 96 one-dayers and 11 Tests in his seven-year international career, has bounced back from back stress fractures, a shoulder reconstruction, groin and thigh tears during his turbulent times.
"Normally I'd be one of the first ones sent home in the previous couple of years," recalled Watson.
The in-form player has shone with both the bat and ball in the seven-match series which Australia leads 4-2 and said the triumph is very special given the adversities the Aussies have overcome.
"For everyone to come together the way we have is just an awesome achievement," he was quoted as saying by 'Daily Telegraph'.
Crediting physio Victor Popov's "magic" treatment for his injury-free run in the past year or so, Watson said losing frontline players like Michael Clarke, Brett Lee and Brad Haddin was a massive blow but the world champions regrouped well to defy the odds.
"There's a lot of pride in everyone's face at the moment because it is a big thing we've been able to achieve," Watson said.
The imposing all-rounder said having been through the agony of sitting out due to injuries, he feels disappointed for all those who got injured during the ongoing series, the final match of which is to be played on Wednesday.
"It's obviously very disappointing for everyone who does get injured because I know exactly what they're going through, but it is good to be one of the last men standing as well.
"I know the things I've been doing over the last couple of years have given me the opportunity to be where I am now. So it's nice to know that I'm continuing to get through cricket, and play some good cricket," he said.