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“Buchanan’s Theory Will Confuse Players” Says The Spin Legend Shane Warne

By on April 16, 2009

Shane Warne

Spin legend Shane Warne said the Kolkata Knight Riders coach’s multiple-captain theory would only confuse the players.

Never an admirer of John Buchanan’s style of functioning, Warne had a stormy relation with the coach during their days together with the Australian team.

“He is always trying to reinvent something”

Warne said the idea mooted by the Kolkata Knight Riders coach simply could not work.

“He is always trying to reinvent something and came up with the solution of four captains. But I don’t agree with it,” Warne told a news channel.

“I think there is one captain who runs the game, it’s as simple as that,” he added.

Buchanan’s idea found few takers with the likes of Sunil Gavaskar and Dilip Vengsarkar opposing it, the latter in fact called it a mockery of the game.

Warne never thought highly of Buchanan during the latter’s stint as the coach of the Australian team and opposed his boot camp ideas and maintained that Australia’s success under him was more because of the skill of the players than his way of coaching.

The spin legend said the multiple-captain theory would only create confusion.

“I don’t think it would work”

“As a captain if you want to get the best out of the players, you keep interacting with them, sending them messages all the time. Now with four captains, I’m sure one guy would be telling something and other something else. The players would be really confused.

“I don’t think it would work and I don’t agree with whatsoever it is,” Warne said.

After quitting international cricket, Warne, who led Rajasthan Royals to a fairytale victory in the inaugural Indian Premier League last year, has been busy playing poker and was supposed to play a cricket match at Los Angeles along with Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman and former England Prime Minister John Major.

“I have been playing a fair bit of poker. There was talk of playing a cricket match in America involving Hugh Jackman during the IPL. Some people felt I’ll play that match and forget IPL but you see that is not the case,” he said.

Warne was also the subject of a recent musical and the spin great said he liked it.

“It’s always interesting to have a musical based on your life. Sitting back and watching two hours of your life sort of unfolding before you, it was pretty good,” he said.

Warne came in for rich praise from Rajasthan Royals co-owner Shilpa Shetty, who said she stays away from cricket as she had enough trust in the Australian’s grasp of the game.

“I’m only getting poker tips from him,” the actor quipped.

Royals to reward Most Valuable Player

Rajasthan Royals would reward the team’s Most Valuable Player after each of its matches with a cash award of USD 1000 during the April 18-May 24 Indian Premier League through a sponsorship deal signed with HDFC Standard Life.

Under the deal, inked earlier this week, the insurance firm would be the associate sponsor as well as insurance partner of the IPL’s defending champion which is owned by a consortium of international investors, including Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty, a media release said.

The Most Valuable Player of a particular match will be chosen by captain-coach Shane Warne and other members of the franchise’s coaching staff, the release said.

“This award is a very thoughtful gesture from HDFC Standard Life. Every player looks forward to being recognised for his contribution to the team. This will add on to the motivation of our young team to give their best in every match,” Warne said about the award.

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