Melbourne:Shane Watson finally seems to have put his career back on track and the strapping Australian all-rounder reckons it might have something to do with his self-imposed booze ban.
Watson has not touched alcohol in the last 13 months and even when he has been part of any celebration, the Australian sipped soda water or diet pepsi.
"I'm off drinking while playing and training so I'm giving myself every chance I possibly can to be right throughout this big workload especially," Watson was quoted as saying by the Australian Associated Press.
"It's been since I injured my hamstring in South Africa during the Twenty20 (last September). So the only time I had a drink was after the IPL to celebrate, just a couple of glasses of champagne," said Watson, who played a crucial role in Rajasthan Royals' triumph in the Indian Premier League.
"But after that, once I get back into training and playing, I've got to give myself the best possible chance to get through games," added Watson.
He, however, made sure his abstinence does not leave him out of any celebration.
"I definitely celebrate. I've made sure it doesn't take away from celebrations. I'm not isolating myself from the group because I've not sat down and just said 'I'm not going to drink' I want to make sure I'm still involved and be celebrating and have fun which I always do," Watson said.
"It just saves me. I know when I wake up in the morning, a few blokes are feeling a bit dusty and I'm fresh as a daisy, a bit tired but fresh," added the all-rounder, who was one of the handful of Australians who managed to save their reputation in the Mohali Test mauling.
Apart from staying away from alcohol, Watson has also stopped pumping irons, something he was very obsessed with early in his career.
"I haven't touched a weight for 13 months," Watson said.
"The only things I've been doing have been my Pilates, calf strength, hamstring strength, which is just body weight stuff.
"I don't really know the inside of a gym now to be fair. The only time I go in there now is if I'm going for a run or bike session," he said.
Instead, the focus is now on making waves in the pool, said the all-rounder.
"Swimming is great for my shoulders, and bowling and running are all I need to do.
"I feel my body shape's changed, I feel a lot lighter when I'm running and that sort of thing. But I feel like I haven't lost my strength, so things have evolved," said the Queenslander.