Deccan v Rajasthan, IPL 2010, Nagpur April 5, 2010

When there's a Warne, there's a way

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Once again Shane Warne won a match with his aura and never-say-die spirit - two traits even his rival captain and one-time Australian team-mate Adam Gilchrist admits he is envious of. From a seemingly hopeless situation at the chase, Warne brought himself on, and with every one of his allotted four overs he pulled the momentum towards Rajasthan.

Like all of Warne's spectacles this was nothing short of drama. It was a low score to defend. So it was futile wasting time, fussing about how many runs Rajasthan fell short of an ideal target. Instead, he loaded the team with hope: apparently each time Rajasthan have scored a minimum of 160 they have won the game. If they were 10-15 runs shorter, the team had to throw themselves at everything. That was the only way Rajasthan could win.

But Gilchrist punched his weight straightway to put Deccan in a comfortable position before he vanished to an awful shot. Deccan were still on course for a victory, needing 74 off the final ten overs with eight wickets still in hand. But Warne had not yet bowled. Finally, he arrived in the 12th over but was pulled for six by Rohit Sharma. In his usual fashion, Warne spat into his hands, rubbed his palms on the turf and returned to his mark. Next over, after being pulled for a four by Anirudh Singh, he slipped in the quicker one, the slider, to induce an edge.

Warne had found his mojo. The big legbreaks returned, the pace was varied smartly. Like always Warne charmed his opponent with flight and tempted him equally. Dwayne Smith and Ryan Harris fell into the black hole created by Warne. It was not that Warne was bowling unplayable deliveries, but, just like on numerous occasions in the past, he had created a stage of his own where the batsmen were his marionettes and he was pulling the strings.

"It is all about the right ball at the right time," Warne said later during the media briefing. "It is not your best ball: no point trying to bowl big, ripping legbreaks and somebody nicks it and it goes down for four. It is all about setting him up: fast, fast, slower one up, trying and tempt one into it," he explained.

When Warne finished his quota, Deccan were still in a commanding position, needing 19 off the last two overs. But more than his bowling, it was his leadership that clinched the match for Rajasthan. All through the contest he kept cajoling, back-slapping, shouting, screaming and motivating his troops as he knew the enemy was ready to blink and they needed to be in the right position to pull the trigger.

But some nerves were tender. Especially Morne Morkel of South Africa, who failed to listen to his general's commands. Off the penultimate ball of the penultimate over of the match, Warne had set a field for a short ball and asked Morkel to aim for Rohit's head. Instead, Morkel delivered a lame, fuller-length delivery, which resulted in a straight six. Warne, the exhibitionist, showed his anger on the big screen. "I said knock his head off," Warne said. "I got everyone up this way (off side) and everyone back (on the leg side) and the plan was to bowl short, and he bowled a half volley."

But Warne walked up to the bowler and asked him a calm question. "I said to him 'what's the most important thing, mate?' The answer was "This ball." Warne agreed.

That skill to never allow his emotions to take of hold him has always seen Warne conquer the moment, conquer the batsman and turn matches and series on their heads. Considering there are only a few who possess that quality, Warne is hence part of cricket's pantheon. "It just can't be one person," Warne said. "[Even] If I believe, I still got other guys to believe [in themselves]."

But Gilchrist agrees the genius of Warne is possible only because the man has a big heart. "The aura, the spirt. I have had some pretty fun times standing behind the stumps, watching some startled rabbits in the headlights," Gilchrist said, in praise of his opposite number. "He bowled really well and led his team extremely well."

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  • on April 9, 2010, 0:16 GMT

    Warnie is a wise captain who knows the strength and the weakness of his team and team members. Accordingly he rotates his limited talent sources.

  • RahulSNair on April 7, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    Does this loss mean that Deccan is out of the tournament for sure? I know it's improbable but what if DC win the next five games in a row?

  • trip_trap on April 7, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    Australia will forever rue the fact that Warne didn't captain the national team in any format.

  • rhuler on April 7, 2010, 1:25 GMT

    Fazal was stupid to go for 1 more big hit when they already had 12 runs in that over. Keep the wickets. Between 7 and 12 runs is good enough per over. Their batting can fold up like a house of cards. Here is good team I think. Deep batting Ohja,Lumb,watson,fazal,pathan,voges,asnodkar,junjun,warne,trivedi,dole.

    Lumb, Pathan and Voges can do the big hitting. The rest should make sure, warne doesn't have to come to the crease.

  • rhuler on April 7, 2010, 1:13 GMT

    BDHunter, you are very right. There is no need for A. raut. They should try asnodkar. But Lumb has given them a good start more than a few times. Voges is good as well, since he provides some batting firepower and helps with his spin. Tait is very expensive; a hit/miss. Dole got 2 very important wickets in the last match providing them with a breakthrough. Also, while Dole is still new, his economy would be somewhat better.

    Yusuf will continue to be an ordinary batsman for the time being, just like Afridi was after hitting his first fast century. Perhaps they get too consumed with keeping that image of a big hitter. The ball does go miles when he connects but he needs to be a little picky on which balls he wants to swing at. The teams morale kinda depends on him batting well. It will be a while before he matures though. Like Afridi has now. Sending the bouncers over the keepers head would be a good tactic. If he comes early - play sensibly. If he comes in 15-16 over, go bezerk.

  • Q72941 on April 6, 2010, 22:24 GMT

    Like I mentioned before Warne is the best skipper Australia has never had. With his IPL credentials there is no doubt that he is the greatest Cricketer of the Century.

    Regardless RR wins IPL 2010 final or not they have given more nail biters than any other team in any tournaments around the world.

    This has to be due to the inspiration that Warny must instill in his group of lads. To be honest, when RR was first formalize, everyone considered them to be Lamb for the Lions but they proved everyone wrong by winning the Cup. Second season many thoughts that they were lucky winning whatever but this season with all the thrillers, it proves that luck favors the braves.

    It is yet to be seen when would Warne loose his "Touch of Midas"! Being somewhat a RR fan I hope he doesn't but being realistic I know he would be as mere mortal as just anyone else. But before his time comes I keep anticipating few more tricks out of his bag. Good Luck to Warny & the boys.

  • Q72941 on April 6, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    Like I mentioned before Warne is the best skipper Australia has never had. With his IPL credentials there is no doubt that he is the greatest Cricketer of the Century.

    Regardless RR wins IPL 2010 final or not they have given more nail biters than any other team in any tournaments around the world.

    This has to be due to the inspiration that Warny must instill in his group of lads. To be honest, when RR was first formalize, everyone considered them to be Lamb for the Lions but they proved everyone wrong by winning the Cup. Second season many thoughts that they were lucky winning whatever but this season with all the thrillers, it proves that luck favors the braves.

    It is yet to be seen when would Warne loose his "Touch of Midas"! Being somewhat a RR fan I hope he doesn't but being realistic I know he would be as mere mortal as just anyone else. But before his time comes I keep anticipating few more tricks out of his bag. Good Luck to Warny & the boys.

  • Ulio on April 6, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    Anyone can win a match with a likes of Hayden, Dhoni, Murli, Bollinger, Hussey. But winning a game with a likes of RR team is not an easy task. I think Gambhir forgot the fact that even a fan like me can get a team like his DD to some spot. The real captain is the one who can lead an unknown composition of players and take them to victory that is the reason I always support Rajasthan Royals.

  • on April 6, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    Twist in the tail for the Deccan Chargers.. I thought they would be safely home...but some non-sense from R.P. n nerves from Rohit... It will take some doing for Rohit to mature. It is important to realise that you need to have a good brain to be a good player n not necessarily have extra-ordinary talent.. Collingwood is an example Rohit should learn a lesson from... Anyways nice bowling frm Warne.. He changed the course of the game on his own... Full credits to him.... But feeling sad for Gilly.

  • on April 6, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    @robheinen <<consider myself extremely fortunate to live through the entire Warne era. Awesome.... | { I don't think I'd say the same of the Mutralitharan era }>>

    For once can we not compare the two entities of Murali and Warne and just let Warne have his day in the sun without bringing up Murali and starting a debate.

    Murali is an amazing bowler and so is Warnie.

    Can't it just be that way without the need for incessant arguing.

    Thank you.

    P.S Good on Warne for showing heart in the IPL....It lets the legends of our times a nice send off instead of being chopped off the national teams.

  • on April 9, 2010, 0:16 GMT

    Warnie is a wise captain who knows the strength and the weakness of his team and team members. Accordingly he rotates his limited talent sources.

  • RahulSNair on April 7, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    Does this loss mean that Deccan is out of the tournament for sure? I know it's improbable but what if DC win the next five games in a row?

  • trip_trap on April 7, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    Australia will forever rue the fact that Warne didn't captain the national team in any format.

  • rhuler on April 7, 2010, 1:25 GMT

    Fazal was stupid to go for 1 more big hit when they already had 12 runs in that over. Keep the wickets. Between 7 and 12 runs is good enough per over. Their batting can fold up like a house of cards. Here is good team I think. Deep batting Ohja,Lumb,watson,fazal,pathan,voges,asnodkar,junjun,warne,trivedi,dole.

    Lumb, Pathan and Voges can do the big hitting. The rest should make sure, warne doesn't have to come to the crease.

  • rhuler on April 7, 2010, 1:13 GMT

    BDHunter, you are very right. There is no need for A. raut. They should try asnodkar. But Lumb has given them a good start more than a few times. Voges is good as well, since he provides some batting firepower and helps with his spin. Tait is very expensive; a hit/miss. Dole got 2 very important wickets in the last match providing them with a breakthrough. Also, while Dole is still new, his economy would be somewhat better.

    Yusuf will continue to be an ordinary batsman for the time being, just like Afridi was after hitting his first fast century. Perhaps they get too consumed with keeping that image of a big hitter. The ball does go miles when he connects but he needs to be a little picky on which balls he wants to swing at. The teams morale kinda depends on him batting well. It will be a while before he matures though. Like Afridi has now. Sending the bouncers over the keepers head would be a good tactic. If he comes early - play sensibly. If he comes in 15-16 over, go bezerk.

  • Q72941 on April 6, 2010, 22:24 GMT

    Like I mentioned before Warne is the best skipper Australia has never had. With his IPL credentials there is no doubt that he is the greatest Cricketer of the Century.

    Regardless RR wins IPL 2010 final or not they have given more nail biters than any other team in any tournaments around the world.

    This has to be due to the inspiration that Warny must instill in his group of lads. To be honest, when RR was first formalize, everyone considered them to be Lamb for the Lions but they proved everyone wrong by winning the Cup. Second season many thoughts that they were lucky winning whatever but this season with all the thrillers, it proves that luck favors the braves.

    It is yet to be seen when would Warne loose his "Touch of Midas"! Being somewhat a RR fan I hope he doesn't but being realistic I know he would be as mere mortal as just anyone else. But before his time comes I keep anticipating few more tricks out of his bag. Good Luck to Warny & the boys.

  • Q72941 on April 6, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    Like I mentioned before Warne is the best skipper Australia has never had. With his IPL credentials there is no doubt that he is the greatest Cricketer of the Century.

    Regardless RR wins IPL 2010 final or not they have given more nail biters than any other team in any tournaments around the world.

    This has to be due to the inspiration that Warny must instill in his group of lads. To be honest, when RR was first formalize, everyone considered them to be Lamb for the Lions but they proved everyone wrong by winning the Cup. Second season many thoughts that they were lucky winning whatever but this season with all the thrillers, it proves that luck favors the braves.

    It is yet to be seen when would Warne loose his "Touch of Midas"! Being somewhat a RR fan I hope he doesn't but being realistic I know he would be as mere mortal as just anyone else. But before his time comes I keep anticipating few more tricks out of his bag. Good Luck to Warny & the boys.

  • Ulio on April 6, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    Anyone can win a match with a likes of Hayden, Dhoni, Murli, Bollinger, Hussey. But winning a game with a likes of RR team is not an easy task. I think Gambhir forgot the fact that even a fan like me can get a team like his DD to some spot. The real captain is the one who can lead an unknown composition of players and take them to victory that is the reason I always support Rajasthan Royals.

  • on April 6, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    Twist in the tail for the Deccan Chargers.. I thought they would be safely home...but some non-sense from R.P. n nerves from Rohit... It will take some doing for Rohit to mature. It is important to realise that you need to have a good brain to be a good player n not necessarily have extra-ordinary talent.. Collingwood is an example Rohit should learn a lesson from... Anyways nice bowling frm Warne.. He changed the course of the game on his own... Full credits to him.... But feeling sad for Gilly.

  • on April 6, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    @robheinen <<consider myself extremely fortunate to live through the entire Warne era. Awesome.... | { I don't think I'd say the same of the Mutralitharan era }>>

    For once can we not compare the two entities of Murali and Warne and just let Warne have his day in the sun without bringing up Murali and starting a debate.

    Murali is an amazing bowler and so is Warnie.

    Can't it just be that way without the need for incessant arguing.

    Thank you.

    P.S Good on Warne for showing heart in the IPL....It lets the legends of our times a nice send off instead of being chopped off the national teams.

  • CricFAN2277 on April 6, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    The best Aussie Captain Australia NEVER had... It was amazing to see Warnie Marshall his troops ! the way he pray his victims is the best part !

    The think most of the batsmen are getting squeeky Bump time when Warne comes into Ball ... I wish I would read Cullinan, Basit Ali ETC ETC MIND

  • Ratlers11 on April 6, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    THE GREATEST CAPTAIN AUSTRALIA NEVER HAD!!!!!

  • RJ_Upasena on April 6, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    Warnie is a true genius and perhaps the best tactician and leader in cricket! Sometime ago in the nineties I used to hate his guts as I tought he was arrogant and rather self centred. Now, I know why... because I was(still am) a passionate SL cricket fan! I have certainly changed my mind over the years and think it was Australia's biggest mistake to not make him skipper. The greatness about this man is; he so darn good, he almost always delivers on the aura of expectancy he creates on a cricket field. As a Gilly says the 'man has a big heart' never more evident than in what he has done for Rajasthan and Hampshire. He understands his troops, each one of em and also studies his opposition with equal vigour and has a remarkable skill to get the best of his allies and bring about the worst from his foes! I hope you coach the SL Team one day me great mon!

  • Dazza12 on April 6, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    i can understand that putting lumb opening and all. However Yusuf Pathan batting down the order and all. All they should do is say Yousuf why dont you try opening the batting or even going at first slip. and while your at it pull up your pants!

  • Bobby_Talyarkhan on April 6, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    btw - great line - "he had created a stage of his own where the batsmen were his marionettes and he was pulling the strings" - conjures up images of Warnie the pied piper ensnaring the hubristic batsmen in self-deceiving webs with which to destroy themselves - i like!

  • BDHUNTER on April 6, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    As i am a Rajasthan Supporter, If the Royal Didn't learn Quickly from thier weakness , as they like to win in final ball or super over for quite a few times,they have no right to go to semi's in 2010. Where their is a misery for the bowlers, there plays better their batsman. Doesn't yet click as a team to win IPL again. I think Shohel Tanvir was the hero for them in 2008 taken wkt when needed regularly unlike this team bowler's now. They have none even a single bowler beside tanvir who looks threaten for opposition team. Shame for them.......... Where in amit sigh,tait he specailly effective in middle over ,they have to win almost 3 out of 4 game to go to champion lg T20 or Semi's , so take bowler and also think line up as A. voges instead lumb and S. asnodkar instead A. raut

    winning combination may be.

    Ohja,watson,fazal,pathan,voges,junjun,asnodkar,warne,tait,trivedi,amit/dole

  • robheinen on April 6, 2010, 10:57 GMT

    consider myself extremely fortunate to live through the entire Warne era. Awesome.... | { I don't think I'd say the same of the Mutralitharan era }

  • Bobby_Talyarkhan on April 6, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    For once we can all agree - Warnie you are the greatest!

  • pituitary on April 6, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    To see this wizard in action yesterday was fantastic.....fabulous ....the huge leg breaks...particularly that one that bowled Harris was a treat to watch....

    the IPL circus almost looked like cricket yesterday night....thanks to Warne..

  • REXYCP123 on April 6, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    WOW WOW WOW WOW A GREAT LEADER AUSSIE CRICKET IGNORED WHAT AN PLAYER no one in cricket history led a team like warne.such an young team lost their important players through injuries but this man shows how to win. i'm an diehard csk fan .now i want to see rr vs csk final hats off warne you are my favorite but only next to sachin

  • asimpanda on April 6, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    its amazing with so little match practice hw can he stil conjure up the same magic...the spin the drift the dip and more so the control that warne exbihited was reminiscent of the warne we know.. ..leg spinnin is a difficult art , but then warne is 'impossible' :)...so people never lose it ..do they!!!

  • kriznaz on April 6, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    A hard core Chennai Super Kings fan. But after watching this match, I wish to see the Royals lifting the IPL trophy. By far, I would rate this as the best game of this season. I have always been a big fan of Shane Warne's magic and his exploits for the Australian side. Warne still continues to inspire me with his leadership. Just loved the way he motivated, brought the team together and pulled off the spirited win. We love you Warney.

  • BRNUGGET on April 6, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    The one and only Shane Keith Warne was at it again. Ever the showman, he was everywhere on the field in that match ag DC. His bowling zip though not of salad days was still good, his very presence and his captaincy was there for all to see. He was simply superb. It was like rewinding back to his hoary days when he cast many a magic spell on the opposition. What one can marvel is that he still has that fierce intensity and hunger for success. Even at the age of 40, he pulls in crowds like very few can. Warnie the showman par excellance is a sight for the Gods to see. Never a dull moment when he is on the field. Go for it, Warnie in the remaining matches....

  • on April 6, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    well done warney! in my opinion RR is the team,who can be expected to win any game.they got warney skills as a leader,he is born tough, they got the young team,with no sachins,no dhoni ect.keep it up RR.they are really missing the pakistanis services.good luck for the remaining matches.mohammed from sydney

  • Chennai_mr on April 6, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    Warne, Wow what a potential candidate to lead a team. Brilliants effect and lead the team to sucess. DC need only 6 in 6 balls. despite of a wide delivery they never let hope at all... one of the good example that sucess is always for those who has "Never Give Up Attitude". Hats off to Rajasthan Cricket team and his leader cum coach Shane Warne.

  • Quazar on April 6, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    Sorry, but the bowling performance of the match was by SID TRIVEDI, not Warne. To concede just 3 runs and take 2 wickets (a 3rd fell to a run out) when only 6 were needed...that was the REAL MATCH CLINCHER. To me, the performance was actually more a testament to Warne the motivator and leader, not Warne the bowler. (Though Warne does seem to be bowling much better now, but seriously, could the DC middle / lower order possibly have batted more brainlessly??)

  • on April 6, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    "Great leaders never tell people how to do things. Instead they tell them what to do and expect them to surprise everyone with their ingenuity",-"Be Free, but at the same time be sensible" hats off to the Legend, who proves to the world that it wasn't just his bowling that made him a Legend, but there's much more to the flawed genius than that. way to go Warny, show the world once more that ppl have their reasons when they call u "the Good, the Bad and the Googly"

  • vinodnevgi on April 6, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    Shane Warne's legendary character not only reflects his genius cricketing skills, but also stands him out as some1 really special for his mental toughness & the immense self belief which separates the Aussies from the rest ..

    He adds an emotional blend to the fast moving game.. its great to watch him cause his team has produced the most excited & thrilling matches In the IPL history all the three editions … Cheers Warne

  • Aman_arora on April 6, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    Shane Warne is great bowler and a even greater motivator and leader. The way he brings out the best off all youngsters in RR is incredible. Thanku Warneeee for such a magical performance and hope to see many more of these kinds.

  • arslan7777 on April 6, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    it was once said that shane warne was the best captain australia never had....and how true that is can be seen from his leadership in the ipl...if he can get so much out of these players then one can only imagine wat he would have done with the australian team!!

  • geetee10 on April 6, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    Be Warned the man is back, so is the magic. It seems guys like Peter Roebuck have spoken too soon implying warne is making a fool of himself. Who looks like a fool now.

  • Charindra on April 6, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    If there was a way that I could deny Warne credit, I would. But the fact of the matter is that the guy is special. I still believe Muralitharan in his prime was a better bowler, but as far as sheer personality and aura go, Warne is the best since Viv Richards.

    As the article says "it was not that Warne was bowling unplayable deliveries". But he seems to play with batsmen's heads. It explains why he hasn't been great against Sachin or Lara, the most mentally strong players of his era. but all others seem to have a brain explosion. I doubt there will ever be another like Shane Keith Warne.

  • drsyedzia on April 6, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    It is usually not only his good bowling that gets him his wickets. It is his bowling combined with his great and fighting attitude that makes him the worlds best leg spinner. It was great to see him get wickets with his big leg spinner. He was so calm under pressure and was enjoying the contest rather than having signs of tension run on his face. It is great to see a 41 year old guy do it with his bowling. Not only is he giving his 110% in bowling but he has been diving around in the field as well and leading the way by example. The only thing that is a little drawback that may never be improved at his age is his running between the wickets. He just finds a way to keep getting himself run out recently.

  • yousuf110 on April 6, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    what say about gilli , he is one captain, individual, player who accepts his mistake at any cost , i've been noticing right from beginning, not like other punks like kumble,dhoni,ganguly(big list guys)..... being a hardcore DC fan , i dont mind for this loss , it's all because we lack local talent's clearly that's the core reason for our not so good performance ....

  • BondShaneBond on April 6, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    Shane Warne in true sense of the word God of Cricket. No one else can claim that to be. How many times, just how many times he does that. On top of performing himself, he gets the best out of people like Trivedi, Dole (debutant), Fazal, Jhunjhunwala, Ojha. A real leader of men. A Gem. Thank you Shane for making me watch dream stuff.

  • Rahul_78 on April 6, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    U can discribe him as 'Champion of Champions'..what an artist, a performer, a magician and great leader. Dhonis, smiths and pontings of the world eat your heart out. I knw many will argue that it was just an inconsiquential IPL match but none the less if you can make Dole and Tiwary stand in front off Gilchrists and Symonds of the world and made them look into the eye of the enemy then you diserve the praise.

  • SunsParadise on April 6, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    Whadaplayaaaa .. The real genius .. he has never ever had a lean patch in his career may be one off series in India .. other than that I cannot recollect him having a bad series .. He has lost his googley to be fair he never had the best of the googlies like mustaq ahmed .. after injuries to this bowling fingers he did not bowl the flippers consistently or I can say his flippers were not as lethal as it used to be .. but then just by the variations of pace, spin, slider, top spinner .. he still could pull off things which no other leg spinner in the history of the game could .. His enthusiasm, motivation is contagious .. He has one of the best cricketing barins ever .. And truly said by most of the people in the cricketing world "He was the best captain which australia never had?" Hats of to the Genius, Legend, Champion, no adjectives are good enough to describe the master SHANE WARNE ...

  • nahan on April 6, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    It's again. The Incredible Shane Keith Warne done it again. The legendary Master class wrote own script. All about endless killing spirit to grab the match.

  • mmoosa on April 6, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    @Thomas Cherian-yes its 20/20 but its a contest,like english foottball,test cricket,rugby,etc and a bloody serious business. In some ways its more like a sprint than a marathon which is more representative of tests.Amazing what inferiority complexes cricket fans have compared to other sports.

  • Rajesh. on April 6, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    Fantastic bowling from Shane Warne, but for all of Warne's brilliance this still was a game the Deccan Chargers threw away....

  • mark111 on April 6, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    "apparently each time Rajasthan have scored a minimum of 160 they have won the game". Is it that tough to find out? Apparently they havent lost defending a total above 150.

  • Dazza12 on April 6, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    This match shows the all importance of having genuine match winners in your team; even though warne was not at his best in the other games, he has the potential to turn matches around in an instant.

  • ashy16in_ on April 6, 2010, 3:04 GMT

    I feel sorry for Gilly because every other team has atleast a few talented young Indian players who are performing well. The local players in DC have been below par and the bench strength is pathetic. It is perplexing to see Vaas being left out of the side time and again after performing exceedingly well in the first few games. He is also a decent batsman and could have provided support to Rohit in the last few overs.

  • JoseBautista on April 6, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    It was an interesting match, all because of Warne. I can't beleive at the age of 40, he is still playing like a champion. Great bowling from Warney.

  • tangs045 on April 6, 2010, 2:37 GMT

    tell me...where was all this enthu and blood rushing moments in those matches which they lost...Or did Warne save all this for his good old mate..Gili!!!!

  • Teece on April 6, 2010, 2:05 GMT

    Reminds me so much of what he did against the West Indies in the World Cup 1996 semi-final. The tighter the clinch, the better he gets.

  • on April 6, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    Warne is a good player but I for a second thought it was war. Calm down it is a 20-20 game for crying out loud

  • springonion on April 6, 2010, 1:47 GMT

    What a performance, a joy to watch Warne near his best.

  • sumitfreak on April 6, 2010, 1:45 GMT

    the magician , the ring master , the legend , the man..!! Take a bow Shane Keith Warne.. !! halla bol.. !! :D :D

  • Ozcricketwriter on April 6, 2010, 1:35 GMT

    40 years 204 days old. He showed that he was still good enough for the big stage. Perhaps even still good enough to play for Australia. He won it from nowhere. Perhaps Deccan threw it away a bit, or perhaps Warne made them. It was reminiscent of World Cup semi-finals won from the brink, of Ashes test matches where it looked like England would comfortably play out a draw. Everything was there. And he showed why he would have made a great captain of Australia too. What a pity that his off-field issues cost him the Australian captaincy. What luck that that means that he can be captain of the Rajastan Royals.

  • on April 6, 2010, 1:16 GMT

    Yet another proof that old skills really matter in this format. The spinning wizards like Murali, Warne, Kumble, ultra fast bowlers like Bond, classic batsman like Sachin & Kallis are in the top here.

  • on April 6, 2010, 0:53 GMT

    Warne is nothing short of a genius! He is a great thinker of the game, only what the greats possess!! Really hope they carry on as a team and win the tournament!

  • on April 6, 2010, 0:49 GMT

    Warne's captaincy in IPL is the best !!like Gilchrist said"Watching some startles rabbits in the headlights"

  • rko_rules on April 6, 2010, 0:08 GMT

    Surely guys, where there is Warne there is a way. He loves Cricket and thats I love him and he is a champion, and we are getting a lifetime opportunity, watching him play again on the cricket field after retirement. He is a Legend, as big as Tendulkar, or Lara or any other person in any game, in any field. When I saw him winning this game 4 rajasthan royals, i just wanted 2 hug him, i had this strong feeling coming from my heart, wanted 2 kiss him and say him brother, i love you..

  • on April 5, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    You probably meant to say, "*Where* there's a Warne, there's a way" from the idiom: "Where there's a will, there's a way." Otherwise, right on!

  • mumbaiguy79 on April 5, 2010, 23:43 GMT

    I always believed Warne was the best captain Australia never had...and he proved me correct yet another time.

  • ganeshraam on April 5, 2010, 23:19 GMT

    Once again he made me remember the World Cup Semifinal with his bowling.... Absolutely cool nagging length! No wonder why people call him a genius! I am a hard core Chennai fan but looking at him bowl seriously makes me mute similar to what Sachin does with the bat!

  • Suri.K on April 5, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    Hats off!!! to the greatest leg spinner of all time and the most spirited caption. Can't help but adore the courage and spirit he induced in team of relatively unknowns.

  • Sidhanta-Patnaik on April 5, 2010, 22:32 GMT

    CHAMPION Stuff. Lots to learn

  • aussie7798 on April 5, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    Hands down the greatest bowler to have ever played the game, wish he was still playing for Australia now. No one has the ability to change the course of a match with the ball like Warne.

  • on April 5, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    True...to form...I like his childish exuberance, the mischevious and flirtatious attitude he brings to his captaincy. No wonder he gets the ladies. He treats a cricket match as one more notch on his belt.

  • on April 5, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    Nyc 2 c warny back!!!!! but wont b long b4 he gets thrashed,as 20-20 is no place 4 bowlers;)

  • on April 5, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    Warne once again showed that he is a player of a different class

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  • on April 5, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    Warne once again showed that he is a player of a different class

  • on April 5, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    Nyc 2 c warny back!!!!! but wont b long b4 he gets thrashed,as 20-20 is no place 4 bowlers;)

  • on April 5, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    True...to form...I like his childish exuberance, the mischevious and flirtatious attitude he brings to his captaincy. No wonder he gets the ladies. He treats a cricket match as one more notch on his belt.

  • aussie7798 on April 5, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    Hands down the greatest bowler to have ever played the game, wish he was still playing for Australia now. No one has the ability to change the course of a match with the ball like Warne.

  • Sidhanta-Patnaik on April 5, 2010, 22:32 GMT

    CHAMPION Stuff. Lots to learn

  • Suri.K on April 5, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    Hats off!!! to the greatest leg spinner of all time and the most spirited caption. Can't help but adore the courage and spirit he induced in team of relatively unknowns.

  • ganeshraam on April 5, 2010, 23:19 GMT

    Once again he made me remember the World Cup Semifinal with his bowling.... Absolutely cool nagging length! No wonder why people call him a genius! I am a hard core Chennai fan but looking at him bowl seriously makes me mute similar to what Sachin does with the bat!

  • mumbaiguy79 on April 5, 2010, 23:43 GMT

    I always believed Warne was the best captain Australia never had...and he proved me correct yet another time.

  • on April 5, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    You probably meant to say, "*Where* there's a Warne, there's a way" from the idiom: "Where there's a will, there's a way." Otherwise, right on!

  • rko_rules on April 6, 2010, 0:08 GMT

    Surely guys, where there is Warne there is a way. He loves Cricket and thats I love him and he is a champion, and we are getting a lifetime opportunity, watching him play again on the cricket field after retirement. He is a Legend, as big as Tendulkar, or Lara or any other person in any game, in any field. When I saw him winning this game 4 rajasthan royals, i just wanted 2 hug him, i had this strong feeling coming from my heart, wanted 2 kiss him and say him brother, i love you..