Shane Warne confirmed his departure from India as the mentor of Rajasthan Royals (RR). The legendary leg-spinner will be leaving for Australia after Royals’ crunch clash of the Indian Premier League against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Tuesday (May 15).
Warne was scheduled to leave India after the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). However, he changed his mind after the Royals beat the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) to keep alive their playoff hopes.
Awesome win from the @rajasthanroyals over the Mumbai Indians tonight. The boys are starting to peak at the right time and the owners have just cancelled my flight so I have 1 more game on Tuesday against KKR !!!!!!!
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) May 13, 2018
However, Warne, it seems, has made up his mind on leaving India after the upcoming game.
The 48-year old took to Twitter to confirm his decision. Warne, who had led Royals to their only title till date in 2008, thanked the franchise for giving him the responsibility of mentoring the side. He also wished the players luck for the big game, tweeting:
“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 !!! ?”
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
The Royals will be high on confidence for the Knight Riders game. The Royals were done and dusted after winning just three of their first nine games.
However, they have turn things around remarkably well in the latter part of the season.
The Ajinkya Rahane-led team have won three games on the trot and are now just two wins away from sealing the playoffs spot.
The three wins have catapulted them to the fourth spot in the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) points table.
However, they will have their task cut out against Knight Riders who have also won six of their 12 games.
Moreover, Knight Riders are entering the game after registering an impressive win over Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in their last outing.