At DY Patil Stadium, 14 summer ago, Rajasthan Royals, led by Shane Warne, made history by winning their first and only Indian Premier League title.
And in honor of the Australian legend who died in Thailand in March, the Rajasthan Royals have set up a tribute gallery at the DY Patil Stadium.
A special Warne mural greets fans as they enter the stadium, and to pay tribute to his ‘First Royal’, the franchise also dedicated its league stage match against the Mumbai Indians to the legend. While the Rajasthan Royals players wore jerseys with the initials ‘SW23’ displayed on the lead collar, the coaches and support staff members wore special jerseys with ‘Warne 23’ on the back. The franchise also brought a short film describing Warne’s journey with the team and Warne’s younger brother Jason was also present at the event.
During RR’s 2008 title-winning run, Warne also mentored young Indian cricketers like Ravindra Jadeja and Yusuf Pathan.
After being associated with the team as its captain-mentor until 2011, Warne was associated with the Royals as a mentor and brand ambassador until IPL 2020.
“He was a very special person and a very special cricketer for almost every cricketer in the world and he was the same to me,” said Royals captain Sanju Samson.
Jose Butler, the team’s English batsman, said: “The confidence he can instill in others, I think, was the biggest thing I ever lost. He made you feel 10 feet high when you were around him … “
The Rajasthan team has not won an IPL title since 2008, and this time, the team wants to win it for Warne.
Wankhede Stadium usually hosts eight to nine IPL matches in a season. But with the entire group leg of the tournament taking place in Mumbai and Pune, the iconic Wankhede Stadium has been allotted 20 matches. Some matches were also rescheduled from Pune to Mumbai after the fear of Covid-19 hit the Delhi Capitals camp.
All this cricket has put the clubhouse in one place. Garware Club House and Wankhede Stadium both share the same address in Churchgate and the club has requested to move some games elsewhere.
On Thursday, Raj Purohit, vice-president of the club house, wrote a letter to the Maharashtra Cricket Association saying that the cricket association should take note of the fact that it is summer vacation and it is becoming difficult to use the facilities due to children and club members. Too many restrictions due to IPL. The priest wrote, “Many restrictions have been imposed by the police on the entry of members and other genuine visitors / vendors into the club house.” The footfall has dropped significantly which has resulted in financial losses to the club.
A change of venue, however, seems highly unlikely.
Mumbai has never had a dull moment
Bombay / Bombay / Mumbai. The city of many dreams also has many names.
Diary’s dream of watching a live cricket match in Indian cricket’s mecca, however, almost became a nightmare. Too many people needed countless calls to make the dream come true.
The diary was parked in a unique spot next to the iconic Wankhede Stadium, just minutes away from the old CCI-Brabourne Stadium.
However, with only 24 hours left for the game, there was no IPL media recognition of the diary and a friendly CCI official claimed it would be 150km away in Pune.
Frantic texts and calls followed; The application number was shared with the BCCI Media Coordinator. After a few hours of radio silence and a few unanswered calls, there was a secret message – “Call it” and a contact was shared.
Anonymous, he said: “Let me see. Give me five minutes. “
His call eventually brought good news. “Meet me at Gate No. 2 of Wankhede. I will make your official (sic) assignment.”
Gathered myths, diaries and now known he returned to the same hotel.
Bombay / Bombay / Mumbai never fails to entertain!