Indian leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has paid a heartfelt tribute to the legendary spinner Shane Warne who passed away on Friday from a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui, Thailand. He was just 52.
The news left the cricketing world in shock and the tributes and condolence messages have been pouring from all corners of the world. Chahal recalled the early days of IPL when he used to follow Rajasthan Royals just because he was a huge fan of the legend.
Shane Warne played 55 matches for Rajasthan Royals
“In 2008, the team I followed was Rajasthan Royals because Shane Warne sir was in it. He was my idol. Till the time I didn’t join IPL, the first three years, I followed Rajasthan Royals religiously and I watched every single match because of Warne sir,” Chahal spoke in a video released by Rajasthan Royals.
“I felt that this team welcomes youngsters and it’s good to see how they take chances on unknown players who later become superstars,” he added.
Shane Warne played 55 matches for Rajasthan Royals and left a huge legacy behind as a captain. He led a young team of Rajasthan Royals to its maiden title in the inaugural season in 2008. He picked 57 wickets in 55 matches with an economy of 7.27.
The franchise also posted an emotional tribute for its first Royal.
“Shane Warne. The name stands for magic. Our first Royal, a man who made us believe that impossible is just a myth. A leader who walked the walk, talked the talk, and turned underdogs into champions.
“A mentor who turned everything he touched into gold. We don’t have words to express what we truly feel at the moment but what we know is that the world is poorer today as it will now exist without his smile, his brilliance, and his attitude to live life to its fullest. We’re completely heartbroken, as are millions of cricket fans all around the world,” Rajasthan Royals posted on Twitter.