For the first time since the tournament’s inception in 2008, the Rajasthan Royals have reached the final of the 2022 Indian Premier League. The Royals overcame the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 7 wickets in the season’s Qualifier 2 match to earn a spot in the final, where they will face the Gujarat Titans at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Coverage of the IPL 2022

Under the leadership of Australia veteran Shane Warne, who unfortunately went away earlier this year, the Royals won the 2008 tournament. Warne died of a heart attack while on holiday in Thailand in March, and the Royals paid a lavish homage to the franchise’s ‘First Royal’ during the tournament.

Matthew Hayden, Warne’s former Australia teammate, offered an emotional tribute to the former Royals captain ahead of the IPL Final on Sunday, recalling Warne’s captivating personality and honouring his legacy in the Indian Premier League.

“He’d be grinning.” Cricket Australia and its supporters have had a difficult few of months. Warnie was a star on the big stage. He would’ve gotten up there with AR Rahman and begun performing whatever he pleased. That’s the kind of guy he was. He has a lot of charm. Before the game on Star Sports, Hayden stated, “He was born to amuse.”

“When the IPL was first conceived in 2008, it was a dream come true for him. Warnie was the ultimate warrior, a terrific fighter, a great warrior, a wonderful buddy, and an even greater cricket player. Hayden said, “The legacy that he produced on this very platform will never be forgotten.”

RR captain Sanju Samson, the franchise’s Director of Cricket Kumar Sangakkara, and the side’s centurion from the previous game Jos Buttler all recalled the Aussie great after their triumph in Qualifier 2.