3 Indian cricketers who groomed under Shane Warne


    Shane Warne was arguably one of the greatest players ever to have played the game of cricket. The Australian cricketer who aged 52, passed away on 4th March after suffering a heart attack.

    He had great success in his international career. Warne was one of the few bowlers who could turn the match in favour of his team in no time. He had a lot of fan following just because of his bowling action.

    The leggie has played 145 Test matches and grabbed 708 wickets at an excellent average of 25.42. He also has 293 wickets at an average of 25.74 to his name in the ODI format.

    There were fewer fan followers for the spinners when cricket was dominated by the pace bowlers. In 1993, he made his international debut and the rest is history.

    He came into the spotlight when he bowled his first-ever delivery in the Ashes series against Mike Gatting in 1993. The experts also named the delivery as the “ball of the century”.

    After retiring from international cricket, he decided to put his name in the Indian Premier League. He also led his franchise, Rajasthan Royals to win the inaugural season of IPL.

    During his stint with the Rajasthan franchise, he has helped a lot of young cricketers. In our article, we take a look at those 3 Indian cricketers who received effective guidance from Warne.

    Yusuf Pathan:

    The former Indian all-rounder, Yusuf Pathan has played under the guidance of Shane Warne during his time with Rajasthan Royals. He was one of the main reasons behind the franchise’s success.

    He had a strike rate of over 170 and an average of about 30 with the bat which helped his team to clinch the first IPL season. Pathan had played 22 T20Is and 57 ODIs and he was also a part of India‘s 2011 World Cup squad.

    Yusuf was improved a lot after he learned a lot from his skipper, Warne. He also played some fabulous knocks for his country in the limited-overs format.

    Ravindra Jadeja

    The then skipper of the Rajasthan Royals, Shane Warne was heavily impressed with Ravindra Jadeja and gave him the nickname of “Rockstar”. He was picked by the franchise after he was a part of the World Cup-winning U19 team.

    Though he did not showcase his talent in the inaugural season, he went on to learn from his skipper. Since his international debut, he has been a match-winner for his country.

    He is currently one of the best all-rounders in cricket at the moment. He has 188 ODI and 232 Test wickets to his name and averages about 35 in both Test and ODI formats.

    Munaf Patel:

    The right-arm pacer, Munaf Patel made an international debut even before the inaugural IPL edition. However, he could not make any impact to cement his place in the Indian team.

    He then represented under the guidance of Shane Warne and was one of the reasons behind his team’s success. That was a career turning moment for him and he was India’s primary bowler during the 2009-11 period.

    Munaf played a vital role in India’s success at the 2011 World Cup. The right-arm pacer grabbed 11 wickets at an average of 32.09 and helped his team to win the tournament after 28 years.