Shane Warne for RR. Photo- Twitter
Shane Warne for RR. Photo- Twitter

Star Rajasthan Royals (RR) leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal paid moving tribute to legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne ahead of the crucial IPL 2022 Qualifier 1 clash against Gujarat Titans (GT).

Legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne, who passed away in March from a suspected heart attack, had led Rajasthan Royals (RR) to the Indian Premier League (IPL) title in the inaugural edition of the tournament.

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GT vs RR: Shane Warne's Blessings Are With Me, I Feel Like He's Been Watching Me From Above – Yuzvendra Chahal Ahead Of Qualifier 1 Clash vs GT
Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Sen
(Image Credits: Twitter)

Meanwhile, Chahal said that he feels like he has been part of the Rajasthan Royals family for a very long time despite playing his first season for the franchise.

“I know it’s just the first season here (at Royals) for me, but it feels like I’ve been playing here for many years. It’s like a family already. I’m really relaxed here mentally, and I believe the credit goes to the people here, who take really good care of me. It’s not just within the playing team and support staff, but also the management, which is something I really value,” Chahal said in a statement released by Rajasthan Royals.

Sanju Samson, Yuzvendra Chahal
Sanju Samson, Yuzvendra Chahal. (Photo: IPL)

Chahal further talked about Warne and said that the Australia great’s blessings are always with him.

“The way they respect and love me, it has really made me connect with the franchise at a different level. On the other hand, it’s also special for me because Warne sir played for RR and was the first-ever Royal, and I think his blessings are with me. I feel like he’s been watching me from above,” added the 31-year-old spinner.

I love the Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal combination – Daniel Vettori

Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal
Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal (Image Credits: Twitter)

Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has said that the Rajasthan Royals have an edge over Gujarat Titans in the IPL 2022 Qualifier because they have the experienced spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin and veteran pacer, Trent Boult.

“I love the Ashwin-Chahal combination, I think that gives Rajasthan something special through the middle. So, I think Rajasthan are just a little bit in front because of those two and Trent Boult. There’s nothing to take away from the Gujarat bowling line-up but I think Rajasthan just have the edge,” Vettori said on ESPNCricinfo’s T20 Timeout Show.

Meanwhile, Qualifier 1 of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2022) will see the battle between Hardik Pandya-led Gujarat Titans (GT) and Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Tuesday, May 24.

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