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Shane Warne appointed as mentor of Rajasthan Royals for IPL11

13 Feb 2018 | By Rodney Dsouza

Rajasthan Royals are all set to make a comeback to the Indian Premier League after serving a 2-year ban and now they have announced former captain, Shane Warne as the mentor of the franchise.

Warne, whom the Royals' fans hold dear, led the team to a fairytale IPL triumph in the inaugural edition of the cash-rich cricket league.

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13 Feb 2018Shane Warne appointed as mentor of Rajasthan Royals for IPL11

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The 48-year old, who has 57 wickets in 55 IPL games, posted a video on his social media to make the announcement.

The former Australian leg-spinner said he is very excited to join Rajasthan as a mentor for this year's IPL.

Warne returns to the team after a period of seven years and will replace Rahul Dravid at the helm of affairs.

Warne has an exciting lot to work with

"I am overwhelmed by the love and affection showered on me by the franchise and fans of Rajasthan Royals. We have a strong, young and energetic bunch of boys, and I am looking forward to work with them." Warne said.

IPL winnerShane Warne reunites with Rajasthan Royals

Warne, who was Rajasthan Royals' first player, captained the side for 3 years from 2008 to 2011.

The 48-year-old is still the Royals' third-highest wicket-taker of all time.

Warne has worked with the likes of Ajinkya Rahane in the past and will now work with compatriot Steven Smith, who has been appointed as the captain of the franchise.