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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • shravkumar on May 7, 2011, 7:39 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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!!!

  • Cyprian on May 7, 2011, 2:58 GMT

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

  • on May 7, 2011, 2:25 GMT

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

  • 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!

  • Meety on May 6, 2011, 21:54 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • on May 6, 2011, 20:30 GMT

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

  • on May 6, 2011, 20:19 GMT

    A legend of the game in every sense.

  • on May 6, 2011, 20:07 GMT

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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"

  • 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!

  • on May 6, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    It's been great watching you Warne!

  • 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............

  • 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 :)

  • 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.

  • on May 6, 2011, 16:31 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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...:)

  • cooljack_143 on May 6, 2011, 16:18 GMT

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

  • 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!

  • 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...........

  • 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 ....

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • on May 6, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    Wish you all the best for your further life

  • 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 !

  • 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 teammates.love ya Warnie!

  • 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!

  • Saim93 on May 6, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    He wasnt getting any younger as it is!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!!

  • on May 6, 2011, 13:59 GMT

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

  • bala-chala on May 6, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    Just can't imagine cricket without Warney

  • 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 MURALI....no one can bcome the king..

  • 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 him..one thing i give it to him he generated interest in cricket and the art of spin bowling..is he a hype of the western cricket media?

  • 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.

  • on May 6, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    daym....................................................

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • crikrazy on May 6, 2011, 13:04 GMT

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

  • Hennas on May 6, 2011, 12:57 GMT

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

  • Sudarshanj on May 6, 2011, 12:42 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • on May 6, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Shane Warne is the best captain Australia never had.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • anver777 on May 6, 2011, 11:47 GMT

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

  • 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?

  • 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.............

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on May 6, 2011, 10:19 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • on May 6, 2011, 9:59 GMT

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

  • 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 !! .. ;)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ANEWRAG on May 6, 2011, 9:16 GMT

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

  • 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

  • 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,

  • on May 6, 2011, 8:54 GMT

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

  • 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..

  • 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!!!

  • 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...

  • on May 6, 2011, 8:28 GMT

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

  • on May 6, 2011, 8:20 GMT

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

  • 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 :)

  • 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.

  • ammanna7 on May 6, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    Al hail the king he is simply the best

  • on May 6, 2011, 8:01 GMT

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

  • 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 spin....you must be in the league of Don Bradman...Best of all time

  • on May 6, 2011, 7:57 GMT

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

  • DinKanth on May 6, 2011, 7:57 GMT

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

  • jonesy2 on May 6, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    the great man should coach raj and australia!

  • 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.

  • MalolanR on May 6, 2011, 7:27 GMT

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

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  • MalolanR on May 6, 2011, 7:27 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • jonesy2 on May 6, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    the great man should coach raj and australia!

  • DinKanth on May 6, 2011, 7:57 GMT

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

  • on May 6, 2011, 7:57 GMT

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

  • 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 spin....you must be in the league of Don Bradman...Best of all time

  • on May 6, 2011, 8:01 GMT

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

  • ammanna7 on May 6, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    Al hail the king he is simply the best

  • 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.

  • 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 :)