I am not sure of playing in IPL next year: Warne
He will be 40-year-old by this September and Shane Warne describes his chance of playing in next year's IPL as fifty-fifty.cricket Updated: Apr 16, 2010 23:12 IST
He will be 40-year-old by this September and Shane Warne describes his chance of playing in next year's IPL as fifty-fifty.
"As far as next year goes, I am not sure. "I am 40, will be 41 on September 13. I will weigh that up next year. But at the moment, I am 50-50. I have made some great friends. I have had a great time," he said on Friday ahead of Rajasthan Royals' IPL match against Kolkata Knight Riders in Kolkata on Saturday.
Warne conceded that having retired from top-flight cricket he had to struggle to find the groove initially in the IPL.
"It took me a couple of games to get into the groove. We don't play cricket anymore. But since the first few games I have bowled quite well and have done a pretty good job. I have one four wicket haul (against Deccan). The nature of the game is such that all the fast bowlers are getting smashed," he said.
"When you have a good game, people will say it's great to see you back bowling your best. But when you are whacked, the same people would say you are not good anymore. That's just the nature of the game," he added.
Warne said he feels proud of having nurtured youngsters who have found places in the Indian side.
"Our players have proved themselves and suddenly Indian cricketers have players from our side. It makes me proud and makes me feel that we are doing a good job in promoting young players. India will get a benefit from this," said the legendary leg-spinner.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed playing for Royals as captain and coach. I love the game of cricket and passionate about it. When you measure if we had a successful campaign or not, I think with the team we had with so many youngsters and inexperienced players, it's been a successful three years," said Warne who led the side to title in the inaugural edition.
Warne said in Twenty20 format, the role of a coach is not very important.
"I think it's important to have people in charge of the team. A coach at the end day in this format is about man management, communicating and getting the best out of your players. One of my strength is to get the best out of players," he said.
"I don't think we need a coach. It's about executing on the field. I believe the captain should run the show and the coach, team manager should be there in the background. I think it should be team manager type person than a coach."
First Published: Apr 16, 2010 23:09 IST