Would be happy to show Shilpa some tricks: Shane Warne

April 30th, 2009 - 12:19 am ICT by IANS  

Shilpa Shetty By Fakir Hassen
Johannesburg, Apr 29 (IANS) Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne would be happy to oblige team co-owner Shilpa Shetty, who had earlier indicated ignorance of the rules of Twenty20 cricket and alluded she would learn them from the skipper.

“I would be happy to show Shilpa some tricks,” Warne said, to the amusement of an audience gathered here.

“You haven’t heard about the latest movie (South African captain and Rajasthan Royals teammate) Graeme (Smith) and I are starring in?” Warne asked in jest in response to a question from IANS on how the lessons were progressing.

“Shilpa, me and Graeme (in one movie)? You haven’t heard about that one yet?” Warne continued.

“We’re ready to sign a deal. If there’s a deal for a Bollywood movie, we’re in!”

On a more serious note, Warne said: “I think (the link to Bollywood) is great for cricket. We’re lucky to have someone like Shilpa getting involved. I think that the match between Bollywood and cricket is very, very good.”

“Bollywood has always been involved with cricket indirectly,” added veteran record-holding cricketer Yajurvindra Singh, who was the master of ceremonies at a function hosted here by sponsor Tata Communications Services for leading businessmen to meet Warne, Smith and other members of the Rajasthan Royals team.

“Cricketers and Bollywood, somehow, especially the actresses, get along pretty well. But I’m not talking about me - I’m happily married!” Singh added quickly added before reminding the audience of the linkages between Indian cinema and cricket from the early days of Raj Kapoor entering the industry.

“Amitabh Bachchan always thought he was a great left-arm spinner. Before him, Rajesh Khanna also thought he was good at cricket. At present there is even a Bollywood cricket team led by Sunil Shetty, which plays regularly on Saturdays whenever they get the time,” Singh pointed out.

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