Shane warne may have groomed many young talents in the IPL, but he has committed a big blunder this season by sending back Mohammaed Kaif.
The absence of Kaif is proving to be too costly for Rajasthan Royals who are struggling to even chase modest totals in IPL'second season. Rajasthan Team was dismissed just for 58, the lowest score in the IPL so far. Royals could only manage 112 runs against Kings XI Punjab when they chased a modest target of 140.
The reason cited by Royals management for Kaif's axing from the team was his poor form in the first season. Uttar Pradesh batsman could manage only 176 at average of just 16 in the first season, largely because he was shunted lower down the order.
Shane Warne should have considered the experience of Kaif before omitting him from the team. The 28-year-old Kaif has played 13 Tests and 125 One-dayers for India.
Kaif could have been crucial for Royals team in the bowler friendly pitches of South Africa. It is to be remembered that Rahul Dravid who failed in the IPL's first season was the top scorer for Royal Challengers in the their opening matches.
Big hitters like Yusuf Pathan can't always ensure victory in a twenty20 match, you also need batsmen who could hold the innings together.
It is not over yet, Rajasthan Royals can think again and bring back Mohammad Kaif.