Warne wary of Mumbai Indians

The Rajasthan Royals captain says he's not taking Mumbai Indians lightly, despite the absence of old foe Sachin Tendulkar.

updated: May 16, 2008 16:29 IST
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The Rajasthan Royals team, on a roll after five straight wins coming into Wednesday's clash against Mumbai Indians, are not taking the home team lightly despite the likely absence of master batsman Sachin Tendulkar, said coach-cum-captain Shane Warne.

"We are on a roll and in an excellent position after five wins. But anything can happen in the second half of the tournament. Mumbai Indians have some dangerous players and we are wary of Mumbai," said the Aussie spin wizard ahead of the match.

Warne, though feeling for his injured friend Tendulkar, said he was also happy that he would not have to bowl to the master batsman in the Twenty20 format and have nightmares again.

"It's unfortunate Sachin is injured. Any team minus Sachin is weaker. He's my good friend and the best batsman I have seen in my 20 years of first class cricket. But I won't miss playing against him," said Warne.

The champion leg spinner had famously said previously that he had nightmares after the mauling received from the Indian champion in the international arena.

Warne did not agree that his team were the underdogs as was projected before the commencement of the Twenty20 event.

"We never considered ourselves as underdogs. You people have said so. We have a well balanced squad. Our young guys have gelled well with the older ones," he said.

Warne is already looking ahead to his team making it to the semis and felt that eight wins would be enough to achieve the primary aim.

"Probably with eight wins, a team can be in the semis. We are in a pretty good shape," he said.

He praised the team's left arm pacer Sohail Tanveer and hoped the Pakistan bowler would be able to topple Mumbai Indians top-order lynchpin and former Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya cheaply.

"He is a very good bowler. He can swing the ball, bowl an effective slower ball and is very good against left-handers. If he can get rid off Jayasuriya at the top of the order it would be very good for us," said Warne.

Warne felt his team had a good mix in the bowling department.

"There are left arm and right arm fast bowlers and different kind of spin bowlers. We have a good variety in our attack," he pointed out.

He praised Shaun Pollock, who has led the Mumbai Indians outfit to victory in their last two ties, as a good captain who has had an outstanding international career.

"Shaun has had a wonderful career, a fantastic one. He's a good captain too," he said.