"We will miss him dearly" - Jos Buttler remembered Shane Warne after RR won the Eliminator against RCB
After a long wait of 14 years, Rajasthan Royals have once again reached the final of the biggest T20 tournament in the world. On Friday, RR defeated RCB in a Qualifier 2 by seven wickets and have advanced to the final of the ongoing season of the TATA IPL 2022.
This is only the second time in IPL history that RR has reached the final. The last time they were in the final, it was in the inaugural season under the leadership of the late Shane Warne, who led Rajasthan Royals to the historic victory over CSK to win the first ever IPL title.
The team have once again shown the same kind of fight, hunger and passion as they did in the 2008 season. The hero of the match, or you can say one of the heroes of this season, Jos Buttler, carried his bat through the inning to chase down the target of 161, given by the RCB team.
The English swashbuckler opener remained unbeaten on 106* off 60 balls, including 10 fours and six maximums. He was also awarded the "Man of the Match" award. However, in the post-match presentation, Buttler admitted that the team is influenced by their first ever captain and remembered him.
Buttler said, "Shane Warne is such a influential figure for Rajasthan Royals and having led the team to success in the first season, we will miss him dearly, but we know he is looking down in us with a lot of pride today."
Warne, who left the world due to a suspected cardio attack on March 4, was one of the first players to promote the IPL. He was the most popular cricketer and had always been an advocate for the Rajasthan Royals.
And if RR can win the title this year, that will be the best tribute to their first skipper who led them to the victory.