Shane Warne wants to coach Team India

November 28, 2019

first_imgAustralian spin legend Shane Warne on Tuesday threw his hat into the ring for the post of India coach, which has been vacated by the departure of Gary Kirsten.Warne, who was in Jaipur to unveil the new jersey for his Indian Premier League (IPL) team Rajasthan Royals, was asked who he was tipping to replace Kirsten.”It is a very difficult job to be India coach, it is never easy. But with India doing so well, it is a lot easier to take over right now than it has been in the past. I’ll enjoy working with the Indian cricket team for sure,” Warne told reporters in the presence of franchise co-owner Shilpa Shetty and former India captain Rahul Dravid, who is now his teammate.”He (Kirsten) is a quality person and it would be hard to find a replacement for him. Under him, the Indian team has reached the number one spot in Tests and won the World Cup. He is a fantastic coach and a quality person,” Warne added.This is not the first time Warne, who is the Royals’ captain and coach, has been linked to the Indian coaching job. Ever since the Royals’ run to the inaugural IPL title in 2008, there has been speculation that he could take up a coaching role with the national side as well, given his penchant for bringing the best out of virtually anonymous players.Speaking about Sachin Tendulkar, Warne said that it would have been a fitting finale if the Indian legend could have scored his 100th international century in the World Cup final.advertisement”Sachin is my old friend. It would have been wonderful had his 100th international ton had come in the World Cup final. He has been in fine form for past few months,” he said.Dravid feels that although Sachin Tendulkar is yet to be conferred the ‘Bharat Ratna’, he is already one for the millions of cricket-crazy Indians.”I don’t know when he will get it officially as I am not aware of the rules. But he is already a ‘Bharat Ratna’ for Indian people because of his phenomenal success and the manner in which he has served Indian cricket for years,” Dravid said.Warne was also asked about his World Cup predictions, which turned out to be more or less true.He had correctly predicted the India-England tied result, and said: “I was coming out of the hotel and saw the match in a close balance. With both sides good enough I thought it might end in a tie. It had started as mere fun only.” Talking about the team composition for the new season, Warne said they have replaced injured England batsman Paul Collingwood with Kiwi all-rounder Jacob Oram. “Collingwood had injured his left knee. We will miss him but Oram is a handy addition for us.He has been in fine form during the World Cup and his presence would give us more depth,” he said.last_img

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