Shane Warne to Mentor Rajasthan Royals in IPL …

New Delhi: Shane Warne is set to join Rajasthan Royals this year as the mentor. He was the man in charge when Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League in 2008 and the former leg-spinner returns to the league as it heads to season 11 this year. The Australian who is a coveted commentator had revealed that he will return to the cash-rich league, having last played for the Royals in the tournament in 2011.

And on Tuesday he confirmed that it would indeed be in the role of mentor for the Royals as he tweeted: “Very excited to be joining the @rajasthanroyals in this years #IPL as team mentor !”

Talking about the association, Warne said: “I am very happy and excited to be back with the Rajasthan Royals who I believe hold a very special place in my cricketing journey. 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.”

Earlier, taking to Twitter, Warne had written: “Looking forward to making an announcement to you guys this week which I’m very excited about & yes it involves the #IPL2018 !”

“We welcome back Shane Warne as Rajasthan Royals mentor. He is a legend of the game and what he has achieved in Rajasthan Royals is unmatchable,” said co-owner Manoj Badale.

“Bringing back Shane Warne is also a way to giving back to our fans who have stood by us in trying times. As we are looking to build a strong team that can be in contention for the title, we believe Warne is the right person to mentor the Rajasthan Royals. Zubin has also contributed immensely to the growth of the team and we are happy to have both back on board. We are excited and looking forward to a successful comeback.”

Warne took 57 wickets in 55 games for the Royals and most interestingly was considered the man responsible for guiding a team of young turks to the title in the inaugural season of the cash-rich league.

Earlier, several IPL franchises took to social media to welcome Rajasthan Royals, who are returning to the cash-rich cricket tournament after serving a two-year ban. After an intense bidding war between Kolkata Night Riders, Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils for Ben Stokes, it is Rajasthan Royals who bought Ben Stokes for a whopping Rs12.5 crore in this year’s auction in Bengaluru. Then came Jaydev Unadkat. Left arm pacer Unadkat has been performing really well in the shortest format of the game recently and he was rewarded for it with an India call-up.

Unadkat was named the Man of the Series against Sri Lanka recently and therefore he has become the second most expensive buy of this year’s auction. Rajasthan Royals piped Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings to his signature at Rs11.5 cr.