'Lovely gesture': Cricket fans laud beautiful Shane Warne tribute

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The Rajasthan Royals and the Mumbai Indians (pictured right) pay tribute to the late Shane Warne and (pictured left) Warne smiling during commentary.
The Rajasthan Royals (pictured right) and the Mumbai Indians paid tribute to the late Shane Warne (pictured left) ahead of their IPL T20 match. (Images: Getty Images/IPL)

Shane Warne's original Indian Premier League (IPL) the Rajasthan Royals have paid special tribute to the former star ahead of their scheduled T20 match.

The legendary spinner was a special figure in the franchise's history having won the inaugural tournament as captain of the Royals in 2008.

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The Royals, along with the cricket world, were devastated to learn Warne died of a suspected heart attack in Thailand in March.

And to pay their respects to the 'Spin King', the Royals wore a special jersey with the No.23 on the collar.

Players from both teams stood in a line for a moments silence for the legendary spinner and father of three.

In a lovely moment, fans in the crowd were spotted with a banner reading: "This one's for you Warnie".

Fans took to social media to pay their respects for Warne, known as the First Royal.

Shane Warne's coaching ambitions

Warne led the Rajasthan Royals to their first ever title in 2008.

The inaugural season helped turn Royal players Ravindra Jadeja and Yusuf Pathan into cricket stars.

The Aussie Spin King was farewelled at a memorial service attended by some 55,000 people at the MCG last week.

Warne, who died on March 4, was head coach of Spirit's men's side for the inaugural year of the Hundred competition in 2021.

The tragic death of Australia's greatest ever bowler continues to be felt around the world and fellow Aussie Bayliss says his appointment as interim head coach of London Spirit has left him with mixed feelings.

Shane Warne Stand is unveiled during the state memorial service for the former Australian cricketer Shane Warne at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Shane Warne Stand is unveiled during the state memorial service for the former Australian cricketer Shane Warne at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). (Photo by AARON FRANCIS/AFP via Getty Images)

"It is obviously very bittersweet to take the role, given the circumstances," the 59-year-old said.

"It is an honour to try and build on the work Warnie started. The side knew what he and Eoin were trying to build and I hope we can do that this year."

Before his tragic death, Warne had made no secret of his desire to further his coaching career by putting his hand up for the England role vacated by Chris Silverwood.

While many people questioned at the time whether Warnie was serious, fellow commentator Isa Guha revealed after his death that he was quite serious about the idea.

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