Indian Premier League 2011

Shane Warne announces IPL retirement

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 6, 2011

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Shane Warne attempts a diving catch, Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2011, Jaipur, April 29, 2011
Shane Warne has been the face of the Rajasthan Royals franchise © Associated Press
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The ongoing season of the IPL will be Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne's last one as a player. He will most likely continue to be associated with Rajasthan as a coach or advisor in the future.

"Yes this is my last year playing IPL - please come down and support RR last 2 home games v Chennai & Bangalore ! We need your help !!!!", Warne wrote on Twitter. He confirmed that this meant he would not play any more professional cricket matches after this IPL. "A big thank you to everyone that has helped me - supported me through all the ups and downs - hope you have enjoyed watching me play," he added.

Warne captained Rajasthan to victory in the inaugural season of the IPL but the franchise's fortunes slumped in the next two seasons. He has played 52 games for Rajasthan so far picking up 56 wickets at an average of 24.66. Rajasthan are currently fourth in the points table in this edition and Warne called on Rajasthan's fans to support them in their last two home games.

"We have a spirit in the squad similar to IPL 1 - it would be great to leave on a high - I'm proud of the way we have developed young players," Warne wrote.

Australia allrounder Shane Watson, who plays under Warne in the IPL, told ESPNcricinfo in an interview that Warne was keen to leave the game on a winning note, whenever that happened. "I think he's very motivated," Watson said. "After last year the way things panned out for Rajasthan, I think he's very motivated to make sure that whenever he leaves the game he leaves in a really good place. Warney's bowling unbelievably well and has been since the start of the tournament. There's only really one person who's ever been consistently able to do it as a legspinner and he's bowling absolutely beautifully."

The team released a statement praising Warne for his contribution while making clear his retirement as a player was not the end of his association with the franchise. "Shane Warne has been an integral part of Rajasthan Royals for the last four years," Raghu Iyer, the chief marketing officer, said. "He has been instrumental in nurturing young talent in the team and making Rajasthan Royals a formidable force in IPL. He will continue his association with the Royals in coming years and will offer his invaluable guidance to young players.

"We are looking forward to him assuming a larger role in the team and continuing adding value to the team's success."

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Posted by fajju.fajju on (May 9, 2011, 12:19 GMT)


Posted by nce8 on (May 9, 2011, 10:00 GMT)

Go Warnie! True Lengnd of the game. You will lie in our hearts for all the great things you've done to cricket. Unlucky never getting a centuary though!

Posted by BDHUNTER on (May 8, 2011, 5:48 GMT)

Bad News For RR as they highly rely on SKW,However it is great to see SKW will retire with pride, we always support you fm deep of our heart as we experienced fm him how to bowl Leg spin.....So he will be the role model for all the leggy and Best wish for SRW "The best Captianed ever who never get a chance to lead his country officially."

Posted by muggsy9 on (May 8, 2011, 4:32 GMT)

@Guru_Bennur are you serious? He's one of the top 5 test bowlers ever and your saying he'll be remembered for 3 stints of 8 week t20 cricket instead of the 700 test wickets he took?

Posted by aussiecurry on (May 7, 2011, 16:58 GMT)


Posted by   on (May 7, 2011, 16:54 GMT)

Next captain of RR could very well be dravid or Watson... salute to Warne though... especially after what he did for RR in the first season... when all wrote em off... gutsy!

Posted by IndianNeo on (May 7, 2011, 11:43 GMT)

it's a high time for gilly to retire, before he get kicked-out

Posted by   on (May 7, 2011, 10:56 GMT)

Atleast IPL gave you the chance to lead a team or to say recognise your leadership skills which your homeland failed to utilise,same goes to gilly

Posted by Guru_Bennur on (May 7, 2011, 9:56 GMT)

What a Great Captain man....Hats up to warney's Captainsy...He will be remembered More As a IPL's RR Captain than Aus Test player....Beacause of Seer His Captainsy Skills, Innovative Idea's and ability to lead the team from the front...Aus loss is Ipl's gain....

Posted by mdferdaus on (May 7, 2011, 9:56 GMT)

The Best Spinner In Cricket History. Thanks to IPL for which we got the opportunity to see more of Warney after his international retirement. Wish if he could continue whole life. I will miss you Shane Warne.Thanks for every thing and all those years you have devoted to cricket.Cheers.

Posted by shravkumar on (May 7, 2011, 7:39 GMT)

a genius and a magician.warney will be missed by millions.

Posted by WestIndies1987 on (May 7, 2011, 7:09 GMT)

As a Rajasthan fan I will miss Warne. He took an average team with the least amount of money spent on players and made them CHAMPIONS in the 1st edition. He will definitely coach Australia in the future but my hope is that maybe he can coach the West Indies in the future too.

Posted by vanjulvinit on (May 7, 2011, 5:19 GMT)

I will rate Warne's captaincy in IPL the best captaincy...he took a bunch of average players and made a great team out of it... will definitely miss a great captain n a great player in coming IPL's ...

Posted by Yorker_ToeCrusher on (May 7, 2011, 4:05 GMT)

ohh What a player..Absolutely loved watching him in all forms of the game.Wondering if we wil ever see any crikcet of his class and magnetism.His battle with Sacin in Chennai test will always remain as a rare battle of the best.Warne should be given honorory citizenship of India.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2011, 3:35 GMT)

the best ever spinner cricket has seen!!i loved the way he utilised the limited resourses for the cheapest IPL team in 2008 to win the title for us rajasthanis.warnie should be made india coach at NCA to nurture future talents.plz come india next year.who will defend the jaipur-fortress after you? BEST OF LUCK FOR FUTURE!!!

Posted by Cyprian on (May 7, 2011, 2:58 GMT)

I think he is in love. All the best, O greatest tweaker!

Posted by   on (May 7, 2011, 2:25 GMT)

"We will miss u warne" He great work with RR it definitely help indian cricket

Posted by AncientAstronaut on (May 7, 2011, 2:15 GMT)

Ah, damn! But not surprising, given his age. International Cricket isn't the same without him, and the IPL won't be the same from the next season. Thanks for the entertainment, Warney!

Posted by Meety on (May 6, 2011, 21:54 GMT)

Warney PLEASE be a coach/adviser to the Ozzy Test team - the Baggy Green needs you!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (May 6, 2011, 20:36 GMT)

I still remember seeing warne bowl to the Indians in the 98 series. Though we dominated those test and odi series, warne was clearly a champion leggie like none other. and the applause that used to greet him at the indian grounds was amazing. while the rest of the aussies would be cold shouldered and perhaps even booed, the moment warnie would enter the arena, he would bow down in the "namaste" pose and the applause rivalled that to sachin.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2011, 20:30 GMT)

thnx for the gr8 entertainment.... we will miss you warny......!!!!!

Posted by   on (May 6, 2011, 20:19 GMT)

A legend of the game in every sense.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2011, 20:07 GMT)

All the best warney...for rest of your Life with Liz will definately Miss you..u r contribution to IPL will always be remembered...

Posted by bharath74 on (May 6, 2011, 19:15 GMT)

Maulik shah@ It is not the hunger for money that is making Sourav to play , it is his desire to keep playing the game he loves the most. When Dravid,Laxman,Warne,Sachin and Gilchrist are still playing why cant Sourav Great Ganguly

Posted by MeowCat on (May 6, 2011, 18:23 GMT)

a bit of a hefty loss for Warne.There will be definetely less viewers if Warne,Hayden,Gilly start to disappear

2009 there was no Mcgrath 2010 no Jayasuriya and Gibbs and more 2011 no Hayden 2012 no warne 2013 no gilly/GANGULY?

its a shame,but if their body are not up to it nothing can be done.All the best warne,your pretty awesome and i'll definetly watch less RR matches in 2o12

Posted by shreyanshwc on (May 6, 2011, 18:00 GMT)

Warney is and will continue to be the best captain and bowler............the way he has led RR is totally awesome...being a RR fan I wish him luck in his future endeavours with the team...HATS OFF!!!!! to the "WIZARD OF OZ"

Posted by Ashique129 on (May 6, 2011, 17:19 GMT)

The amusing scene in which that wizard making a fool out of batsmen will bot be seen anymore. What a loss to us! As Murali is also getting closer to his end, we might have a prolonged era without a bowling legend. What a pity for cricket, and relief for batmen!

Posted by   on (May 6, 2011, 17:00 GMT)

It's been great watching you Warne!

Posted by   on (May 6, 2011, 16:50 GMT)

thts diff between ganguli and warne.. ganguli.. no one bought him and he still wanted to play and by hook or crook , he s in pune now.. while warne s performing well .. and rr s ready to play him next year.... but he think botha can take his place as spinner and they can play even tait... so in rr s favour , he wld like to sit out................come on ganguli.. u were my fav player but i really lost respect for u.........for ur hunger for money.....u r out since 2 season.. not playing in ranji also.........let c . how u play for pune............

Posted by loveipl on (May 6, 2011, 16:37 GMT)

rakesh_sharma: Will you give the same advice to someone who might ask you to leave your job when say u r at the age of 50 or 55 so that someone of the age of 20's can take ur place ?? I guess not when u know you can perform and do ur job with same effort and effectiveness as before. So why r u asking this legends to leave their job just for the sake of seeing new faces when they all r performing good. If you have a nack of seeing new faces then go and watch some talent hunt for upcoming models where u will get to see many new faces :)

Posted by   on (May 6, 2011, 16:31 GMT)

The influence of Shane Warne on young Rajasthan hopefuls has been immence,though he'll be missed as a player but he will continue to be a mentor...I have always considered him a far better bowler than Murlidharan and a better Captain than anyone I have seen in y 70+ life.......He is truely a LEGEND after Sir Donald Bradman.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2011, 16:31 GMT)

Warne...A legend....we will miss you Warne in the ground...:)

Posted by gouthamkotera on (May 6, 2011, 16:29 GMT)

Warney has given it all for the Royals. he seems to have had a great emotional attachment with the team. With the team doing great this year, it will be icing on the cake if Royals send him off with the "Bejewelled India" in their hands. I am an RCB fan and it will be difficult to wish the team luck for the rest of the series, but thanks Shane for all that you have given us cricket fans for more than a decade.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2011, 16:29 GMT)

@ Rakesh Sharma: If you are fed up den dnt watch them.....I think the players like sachin,mulitharan,dravid etc etc are playing better than your fresh players or youngistan & they know game better than you so let them decide na when to retire...keep your advice with you...:)

Posted by cooljack_143 on (May 6, 2011, 16:18 GMT)

Whom does Liz turn to now???????????????

Posted by SajithKrishna on (May 6, 2011, 16:13 GMT)

Rajasthan Royals retains Shane Warne for $1.8 million and he announces his retirement after just 1 year! And RR's budget in the auctions was just $7 million! Oh, Rajasthan! You poor thing!

Posted by   on (May 6, 2011, 16:11 GMT)

U were the one who made leg spin sexy and revived the art.....No one else has ur bluff or the talent....... U were the best captain in the IPL.......From a team of no real stars to champs......U have given the real talent a platform.......Made stars out of Watson, Y Pathan, K Khan, S Trivedi,N Ojha, A Menaria,S Tanvir........All other captains r merely copyin ur style.......The best captain Australia never had.........A thorough entertainer and a magician.........Good Bye for all the good memories...........

Posted by rko_rules on (May 6, 2011, 15:56 GMT)

WE WILL MISS YOU WARNEY....! I am from Punjab but I always supported Rajasthan just bcoz of you. You are my favourite Cricket legend. Only and only you can put life in a dying man and dying team and dying match ....

Posted by   on (May 6, 2011, 15:55 GMT)

it would be hard to digest....RR is a very ordinary team which has been made extra ordinary just by virtue of his leadership.....he has been a great leader....i wish if he reconsiders his decision and play next year as well

Posted by Rakesh_Sharma on (May 6, 2011, 15:03 GMT)

Not Just Warne.All cricketers above 38 years old must retire from all forms of cricketwith grace to give cricket some freshness like Tendulkar,Gilchrist,Dravid,Ganguly,Murlitharan Chanderpaul. Ofcourse Gilchrist ,Murlitharan and Warne has atleast retired from international cricket. Playing endlessly beyond this age is like working in organization till 80 years old. Please please retire.We are fed up with same faces now.

Posted by krazzyking on (May 6, 2011, 15:00 GMT)

Next captain of RR could very well be dravid or Watson... salute to Warne though... especially after what he did for RR in the first season... when all wrote em off... gutsy!

Posted by Guruprasad.S on (May 6, 2011, 14:31 GMT)

@Hennas: True, not everything is measured around India. In Australia, the media and ex-Aussie players do not regard someone as good/great unless that guy has performed against Aus in Aus. Surely, same rules hold in India as well. It remains a fact that Warne's resume is not complete. He has not had much success against the best players of spin in the world during his time in test cricket. The real problem is with the English media which projects only those players who do well against England. Nevertheless, Shane Warne is a bona fide great and has been an inspirational leader for Rajasthan Royals. Best wishes to him.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2011, 14:30 GMT)

Wish you all the best for your further life

Posted by a_a_b on (May 6, 2011, 14:26 GMT)

despite his arrogance at times, he was definitely one of the best spinners world cricket has ever seen. He will surely be missed !

Posted by Micgyver on (May 6, 2011, 14:18 GMT)

Warnie was the most skillfull,charisimatic and influencial player of our time,nothing was ever boring inside or outside of cricket.He brought aggression,confidence and flair to spin bowling and his type of play rubbed off on his ya Warnie!

Posted by YogifromNY on (May 6, 2011, 14:17 GMT)

I am an avid supporter of the Indian team, but even when Warne was playing Tests and ODIs, I was a huge fan of his. And then a fan of his and of RR's for the past four years. The best spinner the world has even seen, AND a larger than life character who so obviously loves the game that he draws audiences in. "Never say die" spirit, and a willingness to hunker down and grind it out, coupled with tons of talent - in short, the stuff that champions are made of (Warne, Sachin, Kallis, Kumble, etc.!). We will miss ya, Shane, and I am grateful to have seen you play!

Posted by Saim93 on (May 6, 2011, 14:15 GMT)

He wasnt getting any younger as it is!

Posted by AndrewFromOz on (May 6, 2011, 14:10 GMT)

What a great showman and what a great competitor and what a great master of the legspin craft. Yes it is sad he will no longer be on the field but he is such a natural leader and has such a great cricket brain that he will be a brilliant leader as a non-playing coach. Think about it - compare the DULL bookworm Buchanan against a team led by Warne - I would put my money on a team lead by Warne any day!

Posted by Sanj747 on (May 6, 2011, 14:07 GMT)

Emancipator007 not sure what planet you are on mate. I think you must be one of those sore losers. No spinner comes close to Warne in recent times combined with a great cricketing brain.

Posted by soulstation on (May 6, 2011, 14:01 GMT)

Holy moly !!!! is this it ? okay now definatley I have to watch the IPL. The man the legend.... the only next leg spinner is Amit mishra and that sharma dude.... damn. warne try to understand, you are the man, you do need me as a fan, well i know something about you.... everyone was sleeping in, but you were up urley'. lol... thanks for eveything budd.. the memories the posters and the magic.

Posted by addyjerry on (May 6, 2011, 14:00 GMT)

@Emancipator007 - "Indian batsmen are too submissive/bashful to make bombastic comments about Warne being over-rated in public" ??

Warne and over-rated do not really go together dude. You have to step out of a statistics/ performance and numbers driven outlook to a more open and romantic view to see what Warne really meant and means to the game.

Sure, the guy is old, and isn't quite at his peak now. But 'overrated'?? c'mon!!

Stand back, don't get too involved and enjoy his art. For thats what it is. The art of the lure, of the calm in a fight and of the pure aggression sometimes.

Calm down and give yourself a chance!!

Posted by   on (May 6, 2011, 13:59 GMT)

then who will be the captain of RR in next year??

Posted by bala-chala on (May 6, 2011, 13:49 GMT)

Just can't imagine cricket without Warney

Posted by RohanRulzz001 on (May 6, 2011, 13:43 GMT)

maybe....warne was born at a wrong time...and all other indian btsman too...

WITH SACHIN AND one can bcome the king..

Posted by doesitmatter on (May 6, 2011, 13:38 GMT)

Is he that good? ..both bowling and captaincy i mean? or it is just a case of nobody wants to talk negative abt thing i give it to him he generated interest in cricket and the art of spin he a hype of the western cricket media?

Posted by Angad11 on (May 6, 2011, 13:38 GMT)

I think this is a very smart decision before people kicked him out. Kinda sick seeing this old wag trying to make a difference.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2011, 13:29 GMT)


Posted by gudolerhum on (May 6, 2011, 13:06 GMT)

@Emancipator007 - he must have got a huge amount of English wickets to make up the 500+ victims he took in Tests - I just think you are a little biased against him for what ever reason. He was a true legend and he brought leg-spin back into fashion and demonstrated that it has a place in all forms of the game. That does not say there were no other great leg spinners of the past but why be so one sided? So some great batsmen handled him better than the 'average' player. If they had not done so I suggest they would not have been great batsmen.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2011, 13:05 GMT)

All the people who think that shane warne would have been a great australian captain, just think of it once, at that stage of his career he was marred by controversies all over the place, every second day he would hit a new scandal for his off-field "activities" and who can forget the doping scandal just before the 2003 WC, thank god he was not the captain or that would have made things difficult for australia to overcome the shock of losing not just shane warne the spinner but shane warne the captain. So don't be so emotional about him guys, just think a little bit.

Posted by crikrazy on (May 6, 2011, 13:04 GMT)

'll miss ya're the best spinner Cricket has ever seen!!!!

Posted by Hennas on (May 6, 2011, 12:57 GMT)

emansipator007. Not everything is measured around india. Warne has been a great bowler.

Posted by Sudarshanj on (May 6, 2011, 12:42 GMT)

So sad. He just brought the life into RR. Cant imagine them without Warnie. :(

Posted by pupmaddy on (May 6, 2011, 12:40 GMT)

its very sad to know very are no more able to see this legendary spin bowler bowling ,getting wicket, animated with his field placings but hoping that warne will cont as a coach for RR for there successful future.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2011, 12:33 GMT)

Shane Warne is the best captain Australia never had.

Posted by alvinmanoj on (May 6, 2011, 12:24 GMT)

To Mr. Emancipator: You have named almost all Test-playing nations except India who were troubled by Shane Warne. It means he has troubled all cricketing nations. If India was not troubled, that doesn't mean Warne isn't a great bowler or India is a great team.Warne was among the greats who helped Aussies win 16 consecutive tests twice; can India boast of the same inspite of being Cricket-Only country and with the great names you mentioned. He is the second highest wicket taker in tests and from a country which can't really boast of producing great spinners. I think you are one amongst the many who are jealous of Aussie success.

Posted by CricketChat on (May 6, 2011, 12:04 GMT)

It is always sad when a legend like Warner retires from playing. He took the tough art of leg spin to unparalleled heights in the last 20 yrs. I am sure he can still bowl reasonably well, but keeping the body fighting fit for only 2 months or so a yr with all his other commitments must have been tough for him and I am guessing that might have been the tipping point for his retirement. All the same, I wish Warne a rewarding future in retirement.

Posted by dsig3 on (May 6, 2011, 11:58 GMT)

An absolute legend. My favourite of all time. Has anyone ever known the game better? Born to play cricket..........and poker, and commentate and date models! What a man!

Posted by anver777 on (May 6, 2011, 11:47 GMT)

RR will surely miss his attacking captaincy in next IPL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Emancipator007 on (May 6, 2011, 11:39 GMT)

Some facts: Yes, legendary only against weak Eng teams' of 90s, and WI, SA teams which are always hopeless against legspin and some 2000 era average SL and Pakistan players. Dismal record against India in 14 tests in both India and OZ. 3 generations of Indian batmen -viz. Shastri, Sidhu, Azhar, Kambli (briefly),SRT,Laxman and Sehwag played him with ease and collared him. Only Dravid and Ganguly were troubled a bit though Ganguly always looked to attack him. Indian batsmen are too submissive/bashful to make bombastic comments about Warne being over-rated in public. Overall IPL legacy is good but long past his use-by-date. Even Akram at 44 was bowling pacey yorkers and swinging the bowl at KKR nets last year. Does not mean 40 plus players should keep on playing IPL?

Posted by   on (May 6, 2011, 11:38 GMT)

A great captain.......the way he led the Royals to victory in the first edition proved his critics that he could be a great captain and coach at the same time.............hopefully his next stint with Royals next year would be more amazing.............

Posted by jazzfreak on (May 6, 2011, 11:20 GMT)

If Warne was appointed captain of Australia he would have nurtured good players and not been beaten by anyone Warne could have been followed by Gilchrist and Australia could have been still riding high in all formats of the game But that was not to be Australia lost immeasrably when they didnt appoint him captain and he was eased out

Posted by   on (May 6, 2011, 10:46 GMT)

He is the best. Either a team needs good players or a captain like Shane warne. Everyone has seen how players excelled under his captaincy. Shane we love u.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2011, 10:29 GMT)

why retire? we love to see you playing. This year also your team came back nicely. After I saw your team losing two matches with KKR, I knew you must come back strongly and you did. I am sure whatever team is given to you, you can take maximum out of it. I love it. I love your eagerness to win, your dedication, hard work, talent, coaching. I thought you would have selected as indian coach. I read in newspaper that there was an approach to you about that. Hope to see you as a coach of big international team. will miss you as a player in IPL next year. at least, hoping to see you as coach of RR next year. world has many things to learn from you.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2011, 10:19 GMT)

Please don't retire Warney.... We'll miss you and Liz too ;)

Posted by   on (May 6, 2011, 10:15 GMT)

True, Australia missed Warne's CAPTAINCY. Great job done! Good bye Mr. Warne for all you have done to cricket.

Posted by Charindra on (May 6, 2011, 10:14 GMT)

He was a good captain, but what is this nonsense about "best captain Aus never had"? Who cares about Warne's captaincy? Aus did just fine without him captaining. And with the players they had, they only needed a stable captain. Not an erratic one like Warne. But yes, he was a brilliant bowler, of that I have no doubt. But still the King of Spin is a guy from Kandy with big eyes :D

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (May 6, 2011, 10:03 GMT)

Oh No.. Why? people think too much about age, looks, opportunity... and so forth. Every man should fight until he is defeated or killed. Warne should play until he is kicked out. You don't live for gaining pretended respect. I hope Tendulkar would not tradition corrupt his free mind.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2011, 9:59 GMT)

i will miss him............................

Posted by NawabSahab on (May 6, 2011, 9:57 GMT)

Warne has achieved everything in his life so far....with currently liz hurley in his arms his achievement list just keeps getting better..way to go WARNIE !! .. ;)

Posted by chait83 on (May 6, 2011, 9:46 GMT)

@abhi_cricinfo Warnie was never made captian because all the controversies he creates all the time, otherwise he did deserve captaincy.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2011, 9:41 GMT)

And in other news, Daryl Cullinan has announced his interest in playing in the next season of the IPL. In an interview he denied that he was simply waiting for his old nemisis to retire before playing IPL.

Posted by ortega on (May 6, 2011, 9:24 GMT)

Great Player to watch, & a brilliant captain with great Technics, Led the least expected team to win the first IPL. many team will win the IPL, but nothing will be as sweet as the 'FIRST' one. He led RR as the true champions in first IPL , League champions & Final winners..Hats of to u Shane Warne..a true champion.

Posted by ANEWRAG on (May 6, 2011, 9:16 GMT)

thanks for entertaining us ...n hope to see you coach India soon !

Posted by We_Win_All on (May 6, 2011, 9:13 GMT)

Does this retirement will mean that Warne will not play in Champs league also, if RR qualifies for that

Posted by karthickmohan21 on (May 6, 2011, 8:56 GMT)

Legend is always legend, Warne proves by playing with young boys and made his name as True legend,

Posted by   on (May 6, 2011, 8:54 GMT)

legendary cricketer...........

Posted by sathishbabu4u on (May 6, 2011, 8:47 GMT)

10 years back Australia has lot of gr8 captains.. Gilchrist , Warne, S Waugh and at last ponting got the chance.. but current team won't have even good players.. ..Australia not able to grow young players for last 5 years..

Posted by kurups on (May 6, 2011, 8:46 GMT)

There are not many players in the world whom you would like to pay for a ticket, travel far just to watch them play, no matter who they are playing against.....Warnie, you surely are one of em (Viru, Gilly, Viv and a few more)..we will miss watchin you in action. all the best to the one of the truly greats!!!

Posted by vatsa13 on (May 6, 2011, 8:28 GMT)

He has served every aspect of IPL, Business,entertainment,nurturing young talent,getting best out of available resources,captaincy, cricketing strategies... He will be remembered as Great Leggie and a Great captain... Australia missed his Captaincy...

Posted by   on (May 6, 2011, 8:28 GMT)

RR will no longer be fun to watch after the exit of Magical Warne

Posted by   on (May 6, 2011, 8:20 GMT)

he has nothing left to prove as a cricketer ...legendary person by name itself./

Posted by Jagan7 on (May 6, 2011, 8:17 GMT)

Outgoing legend of a player :) Probably he shoudl stay on with RR in a decision making role :)

Posted by khalekk on (May 6, 2011, 8:17 GMT)

This is so sad, next in line is Gilly! IPL is going to become even more boring without these legends. They were the star attractions of the tournament.

Posted by ammanna7 on (May 6, 2011, 8:09 GMT)

Al hail the king he is simply the best

Posted by   on (May 6, 2011, 8:01 GMT)

We will miss you 'wizard from oz '...Rajastan Royals won't be the same without you.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2011, 8:00 GMT)

Well the best captain Australia never had....Good things come to an end...and so is Shane's professional cricket......I am sure Shane.....for generations to come you will be the god of leg must be in the league of Don Bradman...Best of all time

Posted by   on (May 6, 2011, 7:57 GMT)

The best captain Australia never had! What a man. Respect!

Posted by DinKanth on (May 6, 2011, 7:57 GMT)

Waiting for that one last encounter with the Little Master on may 20!!!! Legend Vs Legend!!!

Posted by jonesy2 on (May 6, 2011, 7:49 GMT)

the great man should coach raj and australia!

Posted by abhi_cricinfo on (May 6, 2011, 7:37 GMT)

Shane Warne could have been Australia's best captain but he was never given chance (only 11 odi's as captain). I am glad that he led an IPL side (RR) for 4 season and won a IPL as well (this IPL not over yet for RR). He transformed ordinary team into a champion team . GO Warnie GO . India loves you.

Posted by MalolanR on (May 6, 2011, 7:27 GMT)

Wat A Great Spinner And What A Way To Go!!!!!!!!!!!

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