Though Indian Premier League is now 11-year old, the first season will always remain special, as it was the dream for the cricket fanatics to see such event. Shane Warne-led Rajasthan Royals leapt all the hurdles successfully to lift the maiden Trophy. Well, he recently shared one funny incident that happened with Mohammed Kaif.
As Shane Warne narrated. Mohammed Kaif, who was the senior member in the dugout for Rajasthan Royals, demanded a larger room than what he was given. But surprisingly, it became the starting point that helped RR to clinch the title.
He quoted that the incident with Kaif helped him learn that there would be a lot of difference between seniors and juniors in the Indian Cricket Commodity. It is something which Shane Warne wanted to eradicate right from the Day one with Rajasthan Royals.
As per the reports by Deccan Chronicle, it was the incident narrated by Shane Warne in his autobiography named ”No Spin”. He also spoke about the difference in cultures between India and Australia.
Here is Shane Warne Story:
Shane Warne wrote saying “It was Mohammed Kaif, who, unknowingly, brought our attention to something that needed fixing straight away. When we checked into the hotel as Rajasthan Royals group, everyone got their room key and disappeared.
“Minutes later, while I was chatting with the owners in reception, I noticed Kaif go to the front desk and say, “I am Kaif.”
“Yes,” said the receptionist, “How can we help?”
“I think they know, who you are, mate, what do you mean? What are you looking for?” Warne asked.
“I have got a little room like everyone else,” Kaif said.
“I said “Right ok. Do you want to upgrade yourself or something?”
“Yes, I am Kaif,” he repeated.
“I am a senior, an Indian international player, so I get a bigger room,”
“Without trying to be funny, mate, everyone gets the same room. I am the only one with a big room because I have to meet with people.”
“Oh.” And off he (Kaif) walked.
Warne then wrote: “We realised that the senior Indians expected preferential treatment and youngsters were like, you know, ‘pick my bag!’. So I figured that I had to gain the respect of the whole squad of 50 by quickly laying down exactly the same ground rules for everyone.
Well, isn’t it funny? Yes, but smaller things will make a massive difference, something which happened with Rajasthan Royals in Indian Premier League.