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Shane Warne bids adieu to IPL

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Shane Keith Warne, former Australian spin legend and the captain cum coach of Rajasthan Royals has announced his retirement from Indian Premier League. In his 4-year stint with IPL, he has contributed immensely and has been one of the pillars of strength to the success of sporting mega event in subcontinent. IPL, India's biggest sporting spectacle, boasts of a huge viewer base and attracts multi-million dollar investment from the corporate bigwigs.

When the IPL was first inaugurated, skeptics had their hands full. They expressed doubts over the idea of playing foreign players together with Indian local talent and argued that the event could prove to be a dampsquib as the game is strongly associated with national egos and patriotic passions. Some argued that it would only succeed in getting big fat checks to now retired Tom, Dick & Harry, with ever bulging waists. 

However, all doubts were laid to rest as big names like Tendulkar, Warne, Gilchrist, Kallis, Sehwag among others took centerstage. It started raining boundaries, once the event began as organizers never missed a trick by preparing flat tracks. The cricket mad sub-continental fans couldn't ask for enough and made it a runaway success.

Shane Warne is the only foreign player to have captained a franchise in the inaugural edition of IPL and coached the team himself..Rajasthan Royals was an ordinary team, mostly made up of uncapped players and/or lesser known local players., with Shane Watson being the only exception. Warne however took it on himself and transformed the side into a bunch of believers and surprise performers He had broken the language barriers by being patient with every single player of the club and assigned definitive roles to every player.. He is responsible for spotting a wonderful talent like Yusuf Pathan and made him realize his true potential. Pathan is now a regular with Indian ODI & T20 squad.

Rajasthan Royals were the eventual winners of IPL-1. The title victory highlighted Shane Warne's exceptional leadership qualities and was a smack in the face for Australian selectors, who ignored him for Test captaincy of Australian team.

He has been a real protagonist and a wholehearted performer. He already carved a niche for himself in the legacy of IPL and the mega event would sure miss him.

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