Yes, it is true according to the grapevine, Shane Warne will be back to Rajasthan Royals as head coach once the suspension is lifted in 2018. The Jaipur based franchisee and Chennai Super Kings were suspended on July 14, 2017, and will be a part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) next year. Going down memory lane, Shane Warne as a coach led Rajasthan Royals to its maiden IPL crown in the inaugural edition of the IPL in 2008. So, the iconic leggie makes a comeback with the team after 10 long years.
Earlier on July 15, 2015, they Royals and CSK were suspended because Raj Kundra the RR team owner was found guilty of betting and fixing matches, same was the case with CSK, where Gurunath Meiyappan was guilty of placing bets and fixing matches.
According to a report in the Indian Express, the team is in hard talks with the ace leggie to make a comeback as a mentor-cum coach for the team. That happens or not is yet to be seen but by the looks of it, it seems it will happen.
This is what Warne said, “It was one of the best things I have ever experienced as a cricketer over 20 years of playing. It was the most satisfying and rewarding achievement. We had a wonderful squad. A mixture of good senior players, younger players, something we all cherished for a long time.”
According to a report, Warne was not the first choice. Rahul Dravid was apparently the first choice, but because he was already engaged with the U-19 team, hence Warne came into the fray for the job of the mentor-cum coach.
Back then, Shane Warne was a player-cum coach. These are some of the highlights of his bowling for Rajasthan Royals.
Shane Warne is regarded as the best leg-spinner ever to have played the game.