“Come on, Sid,” Shane Warne encouraged lanky medium-pacer Siddharth Trivedi before leaving the ground during Saturday’s training session at the Mangaung Cricket Oval.
Warne’s captaincy has been a revelation, taking the Rajasthan Royals to the title last year and helping the team stay within the top four on the points table. It was reported on Tuesday that Warne had pulled a hamstring and that he could miss the rest of the IPL, but the Aussie was back for the next match.
Asked about it, Warne just shrugged and smiled. “I am not too bad now. I have been lucky to have people around me to get me back into shape,” he told HT.
Even some of the players were surprised by the 39-year-old’s recovery.
Physio John Gloster whispered, “It’s magic,” before adding, “Never ever write off Shane Warne. Different players take different time to recover. It was his hard work and determination that brought him back in the next game itself. We were lucky to have two non-match days in between.”
On Thursday, Warne’s presence inspired the Royals to edge past the Mumbai Indians in a tense encounter.