Kolkata:He will be 40-year-old by this September and Shane Warne describes his chance of playing in next year's IPL as fifty-fifty.
"As far as next year goes, I am not sure. "I am 40, will be 41 on September 13. I will weigh that up next year. But at the moment, I am 50-50. I have made some great friends. I have had a great time," he said today ahead of Rajasthan Royals' IPL match against Kolkata Knight Riders here on Saturday.
Warne conceded that having retired from top-flight cricket he had to struggle to find the groove initially in the IPL.
"It took me a couple of games to get into the groove. We don't play cricket anymore. But since the first few games I have bowled quite well and have done a pretty good job. I have one four wicket haul (against Deccan). The nature of the game is such that all the fast bowlers are getting smashed," he said.
"When you have a good game, people will say it's great to see you back bowling your best. But when you are whacked, the same people would say you are not good anymore. That's just the nature of the game," he added.
Warne said he feels proud of having nurtured youngsters who have found places in the Indian side.
"Our players have proved themselves and suddenly Indian cricketers have players from our side. It makes me proud and makes me feel that we are doing a good job in promoting young players. India will get a benefit from this," said the legendary leg-spinner.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed playing for Royals as captain and coach. I love the game of cricket and passionate about it. When you measure if we had a successful campaign or not, I think with the team we had with so many youngsters and inexperienced players, it's been a successful three years," said Warne who led the side to title in the inaugural edition.
Warne said in Twenty20 format, the role of a coach is not very important.
"I think it's important to have people in charge of the team. A coach at the end day in this format is about man management, communicating and getting the best out of your players. One of my strength is to get the best out of players," he said.
"I don't think we need a coach. It's about executing on the field. I believe the captain should run the show and the coach, team manager should be there in the background. I think it should be team manager type person than a coach."
Warne rued that his side was going great guns before a couple of losses virtually ended their semi-final hopes.
"Couple of games ago, we were looking good to make the semi-finals but we did not perform well in the last few games which was disappointing. Now we are left with a must win game tomorrow," he said.
"At the end of the day, we can't rely on the result of others. We can rely on what we can control and we have to win tomorrow night," he added.
Asked about his team's motivation, Warne said, "Our players are in a must win situation to have any hope for semi-finals. We know Kolkata have got a lot of match winners in their team and if they all fire they can beat any one on a given day. It's going to be a tough game."
"Our strength is the way we play as a team without involving on one person. We all play as a team. I think we have won more games than anyone else in three years," he said.
Describing big-hitting Yusuf Pathan as the match-winner, the Australian said he would love to see him firing on Saturday.
"Maybe (he can open tomorrow). We should keep something up our sleeve. He is a match winner. If one player who can change the course of the match, that is Yusuf Pathan.
"He is disappointed with his own form in the recent past. But tomorrow is about match winners. Hopefully, Yusuf will do it tomorrow wherever he bats," Warne said.
He also refused to take Saturday's match as a face-off between himself and KKR captain Sourav Ganguly.
"I don't really think it's a battle between me and Sourav, it's the battle between Knight Riders and the Royals."