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Warne wants to be spin guru

After leading Rajasthan team to the final of the inaugural IPL, ace spinner Shane Warne now wants to be the "spin bowling mentor" for young talents in India.

cricket Updated: May 31, 2008 18:18 IST

After leading Rajasthan team to the final of the inaugural Indian Premier League, ace spinner Shane Warne now wants to be the "spin bowling mentor" for young talents in the country.

Warne, after comprehensive a win against Delhi in the first semifinal of IPL on Friday, said he wanted to come back India to coach the young talented players of the country.

"I could come back as a spin bowling mentor for young spinners," he said.

The spin wizard, who has 708 Test and 293 One Day International wickets in his kitty, praised the young Indian spinners for their performance in the ongoing Twenty20 extravaganza.

The leg-spinner, besides his teammate Yusuf Pathan and Ravindra Jadeja, named Piyush Chawla of Punjab and Delhi's Amit Mishra as probables for the national squad.

"Jadeja who has showed his skill though tournament, I think, is already a rockstar," he said.

On being asked about whether he was interested in coaching the national side, the Australian said, "I think Gary Kirsten just got appointed as coach and he is a wonderful person and cricketer and I am sure he will do well."

Warne expressed satisfaction about the news of his teammate Yusuf Pathan's inclusion in the Indian side for forthcoming tri-series in Bangladesh and Asia Cup in Pakistan.

"Pathan has been picked up for the Indian side and I am proud to have got the best out of him in this tournament," he said.