Indian Premier League 2011 May 6, 2011

Shane Warne announces IPL retirement

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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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  • fajju.fajju on May 9, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    WARNE WILL BE MISSED BUT AS TIME PASSES ALL WILL FORGET AS MANY HAVE FORGOTEN HAYDEN,GLEN MCGRATH,DHARNMANI,NEL,NITINI,AND ETC

  • 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!

  • 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."

  • 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?

  • aussiecurry on May 7, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    SEEMS WARNEY STARTED TO FEEL REAL INDIAN HEAT NOW,ANYWAYS RR HAVE GOT A LOT UNDER HIM HOPE THEY WILL CONTINUE SAME WAY... GOOD LUCK MATE FOR UR POKER AND BEAUTI LIZ

  • dummy4fb 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!

  • IndianNeo on May 7, 2011, 11:43 GMT

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

  • dummy4fb 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

  • 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....

  • 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.

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