IPL 2018: Shane Warne expresses his gratitude towards the Rajasthan Royals
Shane Warne was the captain of the victorious Royals' team in 2008.
Updated - May 15, 2018 7:44 pm
Shane Warne, the mentor of the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to return to Australia after their game against KKR tonight. He was set to fly to Down Under following the Royals last encounter against the Mumbai Indians (MI) at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. However, the same has now been delayed.
The Royals have had a topsy-turvy run thus far in the tournament and are currently in the fourth position of the points table. They need to win all their remaining matches in order to progress to the playoffs. During the match, they were clinical in all departments and thrashed the home team by seven wickets. Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer starred for them and helped them to their third consecutive victory.
The thumping victory for the Royals
Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav started handsomely for Mumbai with an impressive opening stand of 87 runs. Jofra Archer had other ideas and the Barbados-born fast bowler nipped out Surya and Rohit Sharma in consecutive deliveries, which put the skids under the home team. Thereafter, Rohit’s boys stuttered and posted an under-par score on the board.
Buttler and D’Arcy Short opened the batting for them, but RR lost Short early and was removed by Bumrah. Nevertheless, the Englishman didn’t bog down and carried on his own merry way. He eventually scored 94 runs off 53 balls and guided his team home with a couple of overs to spare. He had also been adjudged as the Player of the Match award for the third consecutive time.
Warne was awestruck by the quality of cricket dished out by the cricketers and he took to Twitter and expressed his delight. He also thanked the Royals for letting him be a part of the family.
Here is Warne’s tweet
Thankyou to the @rajasthanroyals team for allowing me to join the RR family in this years #IPL ! I’ve enjoyed every minute & made many new friends too. What a last game to be involved in, just happens to be the biggest game of the IPL so far. Come on boys, you’ve got this !!! ?
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) May 15, 2018