Shane Warne plays his final match

Spin king Shane Warne made his last appearance in competitive cricket in the Indian Premier League on Friday, stripping the game of a charismatic and colourful personality.

A capacity crowd at the Wankhede Stadium witnessed Warne in action for one last time and cheered the Australian from the time he walked out for the toss.

“I’m going to be 42 this year, I’m in a great place in life, both personally and from the business point of view, I just want to thank everyone who supported me,” said Rajasthan Royals captain Warne.

Warne could not have asked for a better send-off, with Rajasthan Royals thrashing Sachin Tendulkar’s Mumbai Indians by 10 wickets to bow out of the tournament on a winning note.

The leg-spinner picked up one wicket for 30 runs off his four overs.

Rajasthan, out of contention for a place in the playoffs, finished the tournament with six wins from 14 games.

The Australian, who quit one-day cricket in 2005 and Tests two years later, spent four seasons with Rajasthan Royals. — AFP

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