No Hindi handicap, can tell by players’ upset tone: Warne

April 30th, 2009 - 12:52 am ICT by IANS  

By Fakir Hassen
Johannesburg, April 29 (IANS) Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne says his inability to understand Hindi is not a handicap as he can figure out from their tone when his team members are upset with him.

“I think I can tell by their tone,” Warne said, explaining that on the flip side, the team members could figure him out from his body language even if they couldn’t understand his Australian accent.

Warne was reacting to a question at a function hosted here by sponsor Tata Communications Services for leading businessmen as to how he and teammate Graeme Smith, who is the South African captain, were getting along as Hindi seemed to be the main means of communication with some members of the team.

“If I raise my voice and it’s a bit aggressive, then I think they know they were not as good as they should have been. But if I’m happy and smiling, I think they understand,” Warne maintained.

Smith pointed out the advantages the Indian Premier League (IPL) offered on the cultural front.

“Being a South African, I’ve grown up in a different cultures. So, from my perspective, just to spend time with the different cultures in the Royals has been a really interesting experience.

“The Indian guys have been teaching me a little bit of Hindi every now and again so we can use that to communicate with them,” Smith maintained.

He also lauded the role of the younger Indian players.

“A few of us have played international cricket for a fair amount of years now, so we have got a bit more experience to impart to the young guys, but it’s also great to have their energy and excitement.

“They have also got fresher legs than what we have got, so they can do the running and we can do the talking,” Smith said, more in jest.

Warne also spoke about team work.

“In my opinion we are all in this together. We all work together and help each other out. I’m very proud to be the captain of Rajasthan Royals, but there are a lot of captains in our side,” he said.

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