IPL 2020: Former Australian spinner and cricket legend Shane Warne is returning to the Rajasthan Royals (RR), the IPL side he captained to victory in the first edition of the tournament, as a mentor for the upcoming season in the UAE, Rajasthan Royals confirmed it on Sunday.
Warne was Rajasthan Royals’ skipper when they won the Indian Premier League in its inaugural season, and he will join the team in the UAE and will also represent the club as its ambassador.
“It is always a beautiful feeling to be back with the Royals, my team and my family. It is exciting to be working across all elements of this team that I have always liked. Hopefully, we’ll have a successful season and achieve big wins in the coming months”, Warne said during a recent interview.
IPL teams often keeps retired players on as coaches and mentors to assist and motivate younger and senior players in the dug-out.
The Australian legend took 56 wickets in his 52 games with the Royals in the IPL. He will meet up with fellow Australian and head coach Andrew McDonald, who was his teammate at Victoria in Sheffield Shield from 2003-07.
Shane Warne is regarded as one of the best leg-spinners to have ever graced the game. During his 15-year International career, Warne has picked up a total of 708 wickets in 145 Test matches.
The world’s richest cricket league will be played outside India for the third time after being held in South Africa in 2009 due to general elections in India. For the very same reason, the first half of the IPL was played in the UAE in 2014.
The virus-delayed tournament will start on the 19th of September in the UAE where reigning champions Mumbai Indians (MI) take on last year’s runner-ups Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Abu Dhabi.