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The Rajasthan Royals will pay special respect to Shane Warne prior to their match against the Mumbai Indians

The Rajasthan Royals will pay tribute to and celebrate the exceptional life of their first-ever Royal, Shane Warne, whose tragic death at the age of 52 sent shockwaves across the sports world and beyond.

Warne was one of the best cricketers of all time, and he not only admired and welcomed the IPL as an idea and a tournament, but he was also its most ardent supporter. Back in 2008, during the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), it was the Australian legend who led the Rajasthan Royals to the first-ever IPL Trophy at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, and the match between the Royals and the Mumbai Indians on 30th April 2022 will also be played at the same venue.

Based on the timing of this historic event, the franchisee determined that there could not have been a better day or site to commemorate ‘Warnie’s’ life and contributions, as well as to provide his fans around the world with the opportunity to honor and remember the genius that was, Shane Warne.

Naturally, the cricketing world would gather to pay their respects and celebrate Warne’s life at the same stadium where he claimed the IPL championship. The franchise would like to emphasize that this is not a time to mourn, but rather to remember and honor the great man for his unending dedication to the game of cricket as well as his impact on thousands of lives around the world with his words, enthusiasm, and actions both on and off the field.

The Royals would like to acknowledge and thank the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the official broadcaster Star Sports for their continued support and wish to turn this day into a momentous occasion for everyone – including former, current, and future players who have idolized Warne, learned from him and had the privilege to play with or against him.

Warne’s family has also been invited, and we are happy that his brother, Jason Warne, will be traveling down to Mumbai to join us in our festivities. The Royals have also contacted the Batch of 2008 and are grateful to everyone who has written in their tributes to the greatest leg-spinner of all time. These tributes will be available on the Rajasthan Royals’ social media as well as the Star Sports broadcast stream on matchday.

The Rajasthan Royals will wear the distinctive letters “SW23” on the leading collar of their official playing uniforms, paying tribute to the icon and carrying his presence with them throughout the game. As a symbol of respect, a specific space of the DY Patil Stadium has been transformed into a Shane Warne Tribute Gallery, which all ticket-holding fans and DY Patil University students will be able to visit and experience.