'Shane Warne won us the IPL title with limited resources’, Kamran Akmal recalls IPL stint in 2008

Kamran was part of the Royals' squad that won the first edition of the IPL. He was interviewed by the Cricket Den YouTube channel.

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Farid Khan
Pakistan Correspondent

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Former Pakistan wicket-keeper batter Kamran Akmal lauded late Australiaspinner and legend Shane Warne, who led Rajasthan Royals to their title win in the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) back in 2008.
Kamran was part of the Royals' squad that won the first edition of the IPL. He was interviewed by the Cricket Den YouTube channel.

“Shane Warne is
greatest leg-spinner and it was an honour to play under him captaincy. He was a great captain and had a unique ability to read players' strengths and weaknesses and he used every player according to the situation of the match."
"Warne didn't become the skipper of the Australian national cricket team which was rather unfortunate but he was still a massive figure within the dressing room," he added.
During his time in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008, Akmal said he learned a lot from Warne.
"Before the tournament started, nobody gave us a chance to even finish in the top four, so to win the tournament from there was a great achievement for us," said Kamran.
"Our youngsters back then, including Yusuf Pathan and Ravindra Jadeja chipped in when needed and veteran Shane Watson also contributed whenever the team required," he added.
Kamran also lauded Pakistan's pacer Sohail Tanvir, who ended up with the most wickets in the competition.
"Sohail had just started his career back then, had a unique action and was a surprise package for most teams. His contribution was very important in us winning the IPL trophy," he concluded.