New Delhi: Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne on Friday announced his retirement from the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Warne, who has coached and captained Royals since the first edition in 2008, posted on his Twitter account that the current season will be his last as a player but did not rule out the possibility of his being a mentor in the future seasons.

“Yes this is my last year playing IPL - please come down and support RR last 2 home games v Chennai and Bangalore ! We need your help !!!,” Warne tweeted.  Rajasthan Royals are at fourth spot in the league and are still in the hunt for qualifying through to the next stage. Warne wrote that he is looking for maximum support in the team's remaining four matches.

“Want RR to go out on a high - we must win at least 2 if not 3 of our last 4... I will miss the IPL but it's been fun for the last 4 seasons,” he wrote.  Warne will be best remembered for leading a young team to winning the title in the inaugural season.

(Agencies)