On-field, the game might be over for Cricketer Shane Warne, but off-field there’s a lot he’s looking forward to. The 41-year-old captain of IPL team Rajasthan Royals, who retired from all forms of cricket last week, is game for acting in Bollywood.
“I’ve been getting offers. If something interesting comes up, lets see. I have done commercials here in India in the past as well with Sachin for Pepsi. I am also open to anything exciting,” he says.
Shift topics to his svelte new look and he’s more forthcoming. "I am 82 kilos and there has been a lot of hard work to be in the shape that I am today," he says.
The cricketer recently launched his apparel line Spinners. "Spinners is my line and I am fully involved with it. This is what I would wear and I work very closely with the design team on it. My son Jackson has a great time with his close involvement with the boys wear line and we often sit together on the whole creative process."says Warne, adding, "My 11-year-old son Jackson and I often sit together to discuss the boys line."
Does the spin wiz plan a women’s wear line as well? "Oh absolutely. Infact, my daughter is excited to join in to design a range for young girls, that we plan for future. For instance, in India the spirit of gully cricket is legendary and Indians love bright colours. You would see we have special colours as part of the India range and in our special edition launched last month to celebrate the cricket season – has a full range on "Gully Cricket Legends."
Quiz him about his stand on axing the ‘naughty’ IPL night parties and he says, “The parties are not integral to IPL but were good fun.” Warne had once famously completed a tour of India in the late 90s on a diet of baked beans and spaghetti, as reported widely. Has his taste changed somewhat now? “I am fond of Indian food, as far as it’s not too spicy. I absolutely love Chicken Tikka,” says Warne who loves India for “its culture, the passion of its people and the craziness of everyday life”
I love India’s culture, the craziness of everyday life and the passion of its people. I will certainly be here often enough
I’m 82 kilos now. I’ve worked really hard to be in the shape that I am today. Everything in moderation is my health mantra
Aussie cricketer Shane Warne has had an eventful year. Right from a sexual harassment claim by a South African woman, to the cricketer’s affair with actor Elizabeth Hurley, to a verbal row with the Rajasthan Cricket Association Secretary, where he was slammed a fine of $50,000 for abusing the official and calling him a liar, Warne has always been controversy’s favorite child.