Dubai: Shane Warne, who captained a young Rajasthan Royals team to the Indian Premier League (IPL) in it’s first edition in 2008, will be back with the franchise in their comeback season in IPL XI — this time as a mentor.
“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 fans of Rajasthan Royals,” the spin wizard said in a release.
Warne will be joined by former Mumbai batsman Zubin Bharucha as Head of Cricket. Warne and Bharucha’s association go a long way back to 2008 at Royals. As part of Royals’ think tank, the two have forged a solid combination to carry forward the vision of the franchise. They are looking forward to work with each other again.
“We have a strong, young and energetic bunch of boys and I am looking forward to work with them”, added Warne.
The Australian led the Royals for three seasons from 2008-11 during which he played 52 games and picked 56 wickets. Later, he continued to be a guiding force for the team.
“We welcome back Shane Warne as Rajasthan Royals mentor. He is a legend of the game and what he has achieved in Rajasthan Royals is unmatchable,” said co-owner Manoj Badale.
In his role as mentor, Warne will have a multitude of tasks to fulfil, both on and off the field. His main role will be to work closely with the senior leaders in the team, particularly captain Steve Smith, on areas of cricketing strategy and tactics. In addition, he will be working with the spinners of the team to impart technical knowledge in the art of spin.