Warne recalls funny incident during his days with Rajasthan Royals in first IPL
Shane Warne led Rajasthan Royals in the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League.
The first edition of IPL was also the last season to be played by the living Australian spin legend Shane Warne whose vibrant leadership influenced Rajasthan Royals claiming the prestigious title of the first ever Indian Premier League.
In 55 matches, the former leggie ripped out 57 wickets at an economy rate of 7.27.
Recently, the retired bowler reminisced a funny incident surrounding former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif, who made his debut for the Royals.
In his much-acclaimed autobiography ‘No Spin’, Warne recollected some of the back stories of his time with Rajasthan Royals.
“It was Mohammed Kaif, who, unknowingly, brought our attention to something that needed fixing straightaway. When we checked into the hotel as Rajasthan Royals group, everyone got their room key and disappeared.
“Minutes later, while I was chatting with the owners in reception, I noticed Kaif go to the front desk and say, “I am Kaif.”
“Yes,” said the receptionist, “How can we help?”
“I think they know, who you are, mate, what do you mean? What are you looking for?” Warne asked.
“I have got a little room like everyone else,” Kaif said.
“I said “Right ok. Do you want to upgrade yourself or something?”
“Yes, I am Kaif,” he repeated.
“I am a senior, an Indian international player, so I get a bigger room,”
“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 realized 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.”