Warne's Royal anecdotes: From Jadeja's talent to Munaf's age

NEW DELHI: Busting the ego of a present big name, channelising the skill of a future big name and playing the earthy sense of humour of a nonchalant India international have been probably the most issues that Shane Warne did all through a memorable first edition of the IPL.

In his much-acclaimed autobiography 'No Spin', Warne recollected probably the most again stories that went into the making of Rajasthan Royals, the fairytale winners of the maiden edition.

Warne recollected an incident related to Mohammad Kaif, which could have other people in splits but also at the same time show the marked difference between the Indian and the Australian sporting cultures.

Warne writes: "It was Mohammad Kaif, who, unknowingly, brought our attention to one thing that needed fixing straightaway. When we checked into the resort as Rajasthan Royals team, everybody were given their room key and disappeared.

"Minutes later, whilst I was talking to the house owners in reception, I spotted Kaif move to the front desk and say, "I am Kaif."

"Yes," said the receptionist, "How can we help?"

"I am Kaif." I went over.

"Everything alright, mate?" I requested.

"Yes, I am Kaif."

"I think they know, who you are, mate, what do you mean? What are you looking for?" Warne requested.

"I have got a little room like everyone else," Kaif said.

"I said "Right ok. Do you wish to have to upgrade yourself or one thing?"

"Yes, I am Kaif," he repeated.

Warne then said that he "knew exactly what he (Kaif) wanted! "I am a senior, an Indian international player, so I get a bigger room," he supposed.

Warne said: "Without trying to be funny, mate, everyone gets the same room. I am the only one with a big room because I have to meet with people."

"Oh." And off he (Kaif) walked.

Warne then wrote: "We realised that the senior Indians expected preferential treatment and youngsters were like, you know, 'pick my bag!'. So I figured that I had to gain the respect of the whole squad of 50 by quickly laying down exactly the same ground rules for everyone."

Warne also were given a style of Indian humour when he requested India seamer Munaf Patel his age.

"I had a large number of time for Munaf Patel, who had an enormous heart and a perfect sense of humour. I was sitting behind a bus with him in the future, early on and requested how old he was.

"Skipper, do you wish to have real age or IPL age as others would ask?" Munaf requested.

Warne said: "I simply want to know the way old you're."

The resolution that Munaf gave impressed Warne.

"I am 24 but when my real age was 34, I'd still tell you my IPL age was 24, as a result of it is a just right gig and I very a lot wanted to play. If I am 34, nobody choices me. If I am 28, other people suppose I have a few just right years left......I'll keep in my 20s for a very long time to come back," Munaf said. Good pondering Munaf.

It is well documented that Ravindra Jadeja rose to stardom with the first IPL where Warne termed him his "rockstar".


Warne in his ebook recollected how he had to discipline some of the future stars of Indian cricket.


According to Warne, "We beloved him (Jadeja) from the minute we noticed his means and enthusiasm. There was a little of 'boy wonder' in him so we gave him an extended leash than most, however his lack of discipline was a problem as it sometimes led the younger guys down the flawed trail."


"We let a few issues move however I will not stand any individual who's late for the rest. And Ravi Jadeja was all the time late. First time, there was a little of misunderstanding with bags and stuff, so I let it slide. Second time, no just right -- the bus left at nine am for training and he wasn't on it. So he had to make his personal way to the bottom and of course was late again.


"On the way back after training, I stopped the bus halfway to the hotel and said, 'guys, we had someone late again this morning. Ravi, mate, Get off here and walk home.' One of his mates made a fuss and I told him to get off too and told them to walk back together. No one was late after that."
Warne's Royal anecdotes: From Jadeja's talent to Munaf's age Warne's Royal anecdotes: From Jadeja's talent to Munaf's age Reviewed by kailash soni on November 07, 2018 Rating: 5
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