Indian Premier League (IPL) side Rajasthan
Royals will pay a tribute to legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne on Saturday. In
March this year, the cricketing community was left shocked to hear the news of
Warne’s untimely death. Warne had breathed his last in Thailand while on a
vacation. He died of a suspected heart attack, according to the Thai Police.
Warne played for Rajasthan Royals in the first
four seasons of the IPL. He also led the Royals to their first and only IPL
trophy win in the inaugural season of the league in 2008 against Chennai Super
On Friday, Rajasthan Royals revealed the
special jersey – ‘SW23’ – that the entire team will wear in the match against
Mumbai Indians on Saturday.
The franchise’s official Twitter handle
shared the photos of the special kit that the Royals would be donning.
“A special jersey, to honour a special
man. #ForWarnie,” tweeted Rajasthan Royals.
‘SW23’ will be written on cricketers’
jersey collars to pay tribute to the celebrated cricketer.
For the special tribute on Saturday,
Warne’s brother Jason will also be a part of the celebrations after he accepted
an invitation from the Jaipur-based franchise.
On this special occasion, an area of the DY
Patil Stadium has also been transformed into a Shane Warne Tribute Gallery,
which all the ticket-holding fans will be able to visit and experience.
Warne took 708 wickets from 145 Tests,
besides 293 ODI wickets from 194 matches between 1992 and 2007. He was the
highest wicket-taker in international cricket before Muttiah Muralitharan broke
his record. But in the history of
Australian cricket, Warne remains the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket.