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I stepped in to ease tension due to my love for India: Warne

cricket Updated: Mar 08, 2010 21:40 IST

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Spin legend Shane Warne on Monday said it was his love for both India and Australia that inspired him to contribute in easing off the tension between the two nations in the wake of attacks on Indians Down Under.

The Australian leg-spinner, on the request of Victoria premier, recently mingled with Indian community at a picnic and hoped the initiative would bring desired results.

"I hail from Victoria in Australia and have had the cricketing relations with India for more than 20 years. I love allthe three -- Victoria, Australia and India. That is why I have tried to visit the Indian community in Victoria and had assured them," said Warne.

"I have also spoken to the Victorian authorities to look into the problem and find ways to clear the mistrust," added Warne, who is quite popular among Indians in Australia.

"I have been coming to India to play cricket for more than two decades. Cricket is passion here and it can be also used to improve the situation," Warne observed.

Talking about his IPL team Rajasthan Royals, Warne said winning the title in 2008 was one of the most cherished moments in his cricketing career.

"I have relished captaining the side and I believe that Rajasthan Royals has large fan base even in abroad. We have a
large number of supporters. It is my responsibility to guide the team this year also," Warne said.