Shane Warne Wants India To Play Day-Night Match With Australia

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Former Australian spinner Shane Warne recently focused on not including players like Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in his all-time IPL XI. Now, Warne has come out with an explanation as to why he didn't pick the players mentioned above the team. The 50-year-old played for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL from 2008 to 2011. Surprisingly, he guided his inexperienced team to win the first season of a cash-strapped league. He has taken 57 wickets in 55 games in his successful IPL career. Later, Warne mentored the Royals in the tournament, and he still invested his shares with former IPL champions. Shane Warne defended his IPL XI Recently, in an Instagram live session, Warne revealed his all-time IPL XI, where he picked only Indian players. He picked Rohit Sharma and Virender Sehwag as openers for the team. Spin all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja followed by Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, and MS Dhoni for the middle order. The former player only made one major spinner in his team - Harbhajan Singh. Meanwhile, in the fast bowling line-up are Munaf Patel, Siddharth Trivedi, and Zaheer Khan. Yusuf Pathan also praised the performances in a live Instagram session. In 2008, Pathan scored against the Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium, scoring 56 off 39 balls in the final against Chennai Super Kings. Rajasthan helped the Royals win the IPL opening season. After Warne revealed his IPL XI, fans were trolling him for not including players like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sachin Tendulkar, and Gautam Gambhir. Some have questioned Shane Warne on Twitter as to why he didn't pick the best players in the Indian Premier League in his preferred XI. Now, Shane Warne has come out clarifying his selection. The former Aussie player said that he played in IPL from 2008 to 2011. So, he has picked only those cricketers that he found best in that particular period. The 50-year-old took to his Twitter handle and wrote, “FYI – In the 4 yrs I played IPL between 2008-11 & didn’t include any internationals!.”
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Shane Warne has requested a five-day Test match between Australia and India next season. India captain Virat Kohli said the team is available to play pink-ball Test Down Under.

Shane Warne hopes for BCCI and CA make it happen:

India said it would not play a Day-Night Test against Australia on their turf when they last visited the nation in 2018-19, yet captain Kohli on Monday clarified that his side is “totally open” to play a pink-ball Test in their next visit Down Under. 

“I’ve said this previously – yet how great would a five-Test coordinate arrangement between Australia & India be next season. Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide D/N, Melbourne, and Sydney. I trust both BCCI and CA get it going. Booking isn’t a reason,” Warne said in a tweet labeling both the nation’s cricket bodies, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly India and Australia chiefs Kohli and Tim Paine. 

Kohli clarified to media:

“Look we played the day-night Test here, we were really content with how it went and it has become an energizing component of any Test arrangement and we are completely up to playing day-night Tests,” Kohli told columnists in front of the first ODI of the three-coordinate arrangement against Australia. 

“We are completely up for the test and whether its Gabba, Perth doesn’t make a difference to us. We do have the ranges of abilities presently to go up against anybody on the planet anyplace in any configuration of the game,” Kohli included. 

In Australia, India will play three ODIs and four Tests later this year 

In the meantime, Warne’s and previous Australian captain Ricky Ponting trusted that Team India will be quick to “vindicate themselves.” 

“Australia will be loaded with certainty after an incredible World Cup and an extraordinary summer of Test cricket. However, India will be quick to vindicate itself from the last ODI match misfortune against Australia. Expectation: 2-1 Australia,” Ponting said on Twitter during a Q&A session with the fans.

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