Sport Shane Warne to mentor Rajasthan Royals IPL team

03:26  14 february  2018
03:26  14 february  2018 Source:   wwos.ninemsn.com.au

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Shane Warne was captain of Rajasthan Royals when they won the IPL in 2008.

— Shane Warne (@ ShaneWarne ) February 13, 2018. The 48-year-old Aussie also took to his Twitter account to break the news to his fans around the globe and wrote, “Very excited to be joining the Rajasthan Royals in this year’s IPL as team mentor .

Shane Warne. © Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Shane Warne. Australian cricket legend Shane Warne will return to the IPL in 2018, taking up a mentoring role with Rajasthan Royals, who he led to the inaugural title in 2008.

Warne will link up with Australian skipper Steve Smith and English all-rounder Ben Stokes, with the pair to headline Rajasthan’s playing roster.

“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,” Warne told the Royals website.

“I am overwhelmed by the love and affection showered on me by the franchise and fans of Rajasthan Royals. We have a strong, young and energetic bunch of boys, and I am looking forward to work with them.”

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The legendary Australian spinner Shane Warne will be joining the Rajasthan Royals this year as the mentor . Very excited to be joining the @rajasthanroyals in this years # IPL as team mentor ! https — Shane Warne (@ ShaneWarne ) February 13, 2018. Talking about the association, Warne said: “I

Anthem Cricket Featured Videos Hallabol Leadership Management Rahul Dravid Rajasthan Royals Steve Smith teamindia Team news. Very excited to be joining the @rajasthanroyals in this years # IPL as team mentor ! #HallaBol. A post shared by Shane Warne (@ shanewarne 23) on Feb 12

Warne played 52 matches for Rajasthan in the first four years of the IPL, taking 52 wickets and leading the side to victory over Chennai Super Kings in the 2008 final.

The leg-spinner says he’s looking forward to working with the squad, with Smith and Stokes to be joined by Australian opening batsman D’Arcy Short, as well as BBL stars Jofra Archer and Ben Laughlin.

“The guys have done a wonderful job at getting the squad together. So many talented Indian, international, senior and young players they always support,” said Warne.

“It really is a wonderful squad and I think it can achieve some special things in 2018.”

The Royals are making their return to the IPL this year, after being banned for two years following an investigation into illegal betting and match fixing.

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Very excited to be joining the @rajasthanroyals in this years # IPL as team mentor ! #HallaBol. A post shared by Shane Warne (@ shanewarne 23) on Feb 12, 2018 at 11:08pm PST. In a press release issued by the Rajasthan Royals franchise

Royals co-owner Manoj Badale believes the addition of the inspirational former captain is a bonus for the side.

“As we are looking to build a strong team that can be in contention for the title, we believe Warne is the right person to mentor the Rajasthan Royals,” Badale said.

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