IPL 2018: "It's like coming back to home", says Shane Warne on his RR return

Rajasthan start their campaign against SRH on April 9.

Members of RR franchise at a promotional event. (India Today)

Shane Warne who will be the coaching Rajasthan Royals this season says he feels like coming back home and that he trusts Ajinkya Rahane to do well as skipper. 

"I am happy to be back with the Rajasthan Royals and I am grateful for the great opportunity given to me. It's like coming back to home. The best squad is put together and we have the best captain in Ajinkya Rahane whom I fully trust," he said.

"We have few match winners with bat and the ball as well. We have great talent at our disposal and it was wonderful job done at the auction."

Newly appointed skipper Ajinkya Rahane said that it will be a great learning curve with Shane Warne's guidance from the other end. 

"We have a great side and I am really excited for the coming season. I am looking to learn some more things from Shane Warne," said Rahane.

Talking about the DRS system introduced for the first time in IPL, Rahane said that it would be helpful.

"DRS is being introduced for the first time in IPL and it would be helpful. I am excited regarding it but the only thing is that I will have to trust the wicketkeeper and the bowler before making an appeal," he said.

Meanwhile, Warne also lashed out at opportunists and said that the ball tampering scandal has given a chance to the cricketing world to "slam boot" into Australians. He also felt that every country should take this opportunity to look into their own backyards and decide how they want to play the game.

Warne, who has taken over the role of a Mentor for Rajasthan Royals, said he was disappointed and embarrassed by what happened during the third Test between Australia and South Africa in Cape Town.

"I am not defending what Smith has done and I am also embarrassed as any other Australians with the happenings."

"Anyone who has been beaten by Australia, who don't like the way the Australians play the game or they don't like any individual in any country have taken the opportunity to take boots into the Australians" concluded Warne. 

Rajasthan start their campaign against SRH on April 9. 

By Anshuman Roy - 06 Apr, 2018

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