IPL 2022: In a recent interview, India and Punjab Kings’ leg spinner Rahul Chahar has revealed that Shane Warne was always his idol, since his childhood.
Shane Warne arguably the greatest leg spinner the game has ever seen died last month during a vacation in Thailand.
I Couldn’t Get A Chance To Meet Him: Rahul Chahar
Shane Warne had over 1000 wickets to his name in international cricket. 708 of which came in test cricket.
Warne redefined spin bowling in test cricketers like no other cricketer could ever do.
Warne’s legacy wasn’t only about his bowling, he had a major role to play in various players’ careers. The most defining role that he has played in Indian cricket was during his association with Rajasthan Royals in the first edition of the Indian Premier League.
When the IPL first started, there was noise around every other team, but no one was talking about RR because they didn’t have a big name player. Once the tournament started though, everyone took notice of the team as under Warne’s tutelage the likes of Ravindra Jadeja, Yousuf Pathan, and Shane Watson prospered.
Shane Warne with his young team became the inaugural champions of the IPL. Warne continued to be associated with RR in various capacities in further years, but it was his first year as captain which set the tone.
Warne was always sought after by the younger leg spinners from around the world, Rahul Chahar was no different.
But unfortunately, Rahul Chahar never got a chance to interact with Warne.
Chahar started playing the IPL in 2017 for the Pune Supergiant, then he moved to Mumbai Indians and is currently playing for Punjab Kings. Warne used to be around during the IPL. But it’s Chahar’s misfortune that he couldn’t ever meet his idol.
“When I was 8, I used to watch Shane Warne’s videos and copy his action. He has always been my idol since I was a child. I always wanted to meet him once, but never got the chance. When he was the mentor of the RR, I was with MI, during one MI vs RR game, I tried to meet him, but couldn’t”, Chahar told Times Of India in an interview.
Rahul Chahar has 50 wickets in 46 matches in the IPL. He was recently part of the Indian team set up as well. He would hope to do well in the IPL to find a spot in the T20 world cup for Australia, later this year.