The buzz around the 11th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) is growing with each passing day, a host of current and former cricketers will descend on the country for the two months’ cricketing extravaganza. The likes of Virender Sehwag, Stephen Fleming and Ricky Ponting have already confirmed their attendance for IPL 2018 as coaches of their respective teams. One more name that will soon be added to the list of greats gracing the tournament will be Rajasthan Royals’ title-winning captain, Shane Warne.
Warne recently tweeted out that he will be returned to the Indian Premier League for it’s 11th season, having last played in the tournament in 2011. The legendary Australian spinner tweeted: “Looking forward to making an announcement to you guys this week which I’m very excited about & yes it involves the #IPL2018!”
Looking forward to making an announcement to you guys this week which I’m very excited about & yes it involves the #IPL2018 !
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) February 4, 2018
Given that Shane Warne had such a close association with the Rajasthan Royals, that one feels that it will be his most preferred destination in a capacity of either a coach, mentor or consultant. The Jaipur based franchise will be making a return to the lucrative Indian Premier League after a gap of two years, following the ban imposed by Supreme Court over a corruption and spot-fixing scandal.
The 48-year-old Shane Warne has played over 50 matches for Rajasthan Royals previously, in which he picked up 57 wickets and was the 4th highest wicket-taker amongst the spinners at the time of his retirement.
Former Mumbai batsman Zubin Bhaucha is the current batting consultant for the Rajasthan Royals, and he had a very good relationship with Shane Warne, which makes Warne a strong candidate to return to Rajasthan Royals, which was his IPL home for many years.