Shane Warne's IPL journey to culminate in 2011

Published: Friday, May 6, 2011, 14:30 [IST]
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End of the IPL journey for Shane Warne

Yes, Shane Warne has made it official that his bagful of soin-tricks will not be unveiled in any further edition of the lucrative Indian Premier League. The Rajasthan Royals skipper has tweeted, "Yes this is my last year playing IPL...I will miss the IPL but it's been fun for the last 4 seasons... I've had a great time - but it's time to say goodbye to IPL."

The Australian legend also posted, "Thanks for kind words on my bowling - but it's 100 percent my last four games of professional cricket unless we make finals."

Warne, who has been playing as the coach-cum-captain of the Rajasthan Royals had earned applause and admiration for the way he marshalled a troop of no-hopers into IPL champions in 2008. Such has been captaincy that almost everyone in the cricketing fraternity are quick to admit that he is the best captain to have never led Australia.

The legendary leg-spinner, infamous for his off-field antics has won the hearts of Indian cricket-fans in the manner in which he transformed unknown cricketers like Ravindra Jadeja and Swapnil Asnodkar into genuine match-winners for his side. It was also under his captaincy that Munaf Patel who it seemed was getting lost to Indian cricket rediscovered his mojo and has ever since been a vital cog in the wheels of the Indian cricket set-up.

While Australia are revamping their domestic T20 league the Big Bash, there is little chance of Warn turning out for any team instead it appears that the legendary leg-spinner will pursue other interests and may even be a mentor to the Rajasthan Royals.

OneIndia Cricket

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