Shane Warne returns to IPL as Rajasthan Royals' mentor

Shane Warne returns to IPL as Rajasthan Royals' mentor

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Australian spin great Shane Warne returned to Rajasthan Royals as team mentor on Tuesday, 10 years after he famously led the side to the IPL title in the inaugural edition. Warne was the captain-cum-coach of the side which exceeded expectations by winning the trophy in 2008. Royals, who will be playing the IPL this season after serving a two-year ban, announced the homecoming of the 48-year-old. "I am very happy and excited to be back with the Rajasthan Royals who I believe hold a very special place in my cricketing journey.

I am overwhelmed by the love and affection showered on me by the franchise and the fans," said Warne. "We have a strong, young and energetic bunch of boys and I am looking forward to work with them," he added. The Australian led the Royals for three seasons from 2008 to 2011, during which he played 52 games and picked 56 wickets. Warne will be joined by another Royals old hand in former Mumbai batsman Zubin Bharucha as Head of Cricket.

Warne and Bharuchas association at the Royals goes back to 2008. As part of Royals think-tank, the two forged a solid partnership and are looking forward to working with each other again. Royals co-owner Manoj Badale was thrilled at Warnes return. "He is a legend of the game and what he has achieved in Rajasthan Royals is unmatchable," said Badale. "Bringing back Shane Warne is also a way of giving back to our fans who hav...

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