Shane Warne returns to Rajasthan Royals as mentor

Shane Warne led Rajasthan Royals to IPL win in the inaugural edition
Shane Warne led Rajasthan Royals to IPL win in the inaugural edition
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Australia legendary spinner Shane Warne will make a return to the Rajasthan Royals after he was appointed as the mentor of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise for the 2018 edition.

Warne, who has the most wickets for an Australian bowler with 708 scalps from 145 Tests led the Royals to a title win in the inaugural edition of the IPL in 2008 and went on to lead them for the next three seasons before announcing retirement.

During his stint in the IPL, the 48-year-old picked 56 wickets from 52 games and was also seen in the captain cum coach role of the franchise on numerous occasions.

"Rajasthan Royals holds a very special place in my cricketing journey," said Warne.

"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."

Warne will be working closely with his former Australian team-mate Steven Smith, who is most likely to lead the squad that also has England's Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler along with India's Ajinkya Rahane.

Rajasthan Royals, who returned to the lucrative league after serving two-year ban along with Chennai Super Kings for an illegal gambling scandal will open their campaign against Sunrisers Hyderabad at Sawai Man Singh Stadium on 9th April.

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