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Shane Warne’s life to be celebrated during Rajasthan-Mumbai IPL game on Saturday

It was at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai in 2008 that Shane Warne had led the Rajasthan Royals to title triumph in the inaugural season of the IPL (Image courtesy: Rajasthan Royals)

The life and achievements of Australian cricketing legend Shane Warne will be celebrated when Rajasthan Royals take on Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League (IPL) game at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on April 30.

Back in 2008, it was at the same stadium that Warne, whose sudden demise at the age of just 52 sent shockwaves across the world of sports and beyond last month, had led the Rajasthan Royals to title triumph in the inaugural season of the IPL.

Warne was one of the greatest cricketers of all time, who not only adored and embraced the IPL as an idea and as a tournament, but was also its biggest advocate.

Rajasthan Royals said that it is befitting that the same stadium where Warne lifted the IPL trophy will see the cricketing world come together to pay their respects and celebrate his life.

The IPL franchise said that it will not be an occasion to mourn, but to commemorate the great man, and salute him for his never-ending contribution to the game of cricket as well as impacting thousands of lives around the world through his words, energy, and actions both on and off the field.

The celebrations will be supported by the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI).

A special invitation was also sent to Warne's family and his brother, Jason Warne, will be flying down to Mumbai to join the celebrations.

The Rajasthan Royals playing squad will be sporting special initials 'SW23' on the leading collar of their official playing kits – paying tribute to the legend and carrying his presence with them throughout the match. As a mark of respect, among other dedicated tributes, a special area at the DY Patil Stadium has also been turned into a Shane Warne Tribute Gallery, which all the ticket-holding fans as well as the students of the DY Patil University will be able to visit and experience.

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