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'Tornado' Kamran Khan to play for Pune in IPL 4

January 12, 2011 16:59 IST

Fast bowler Kamran Khan, Shane Warne's discovery in the Indian Premier League, will play for the Sahara Pune Warriors in the fourth season of the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament.

"I have signed the contract with Pune. I will miss Shane (Warne), but I guess a new team will provide me the opportunity to play more matches," Khan told PTI Bhasha from Mumbai.

Having impressed Darren Berry, the Rajasthan Royals director of coaching, in a suburban Twenty20 tournament, Khan was given a contract worth around US $24,000 with Rajasthan for the second season of the IPL. Captain and coach Warne called him 'Tornado' and used him as a front-line bowler.

Khan, in fact, made his Twenty20 debut before playing a first-class match. Khan too acknowledges the contribution of Warne in building his career.

"I will not forget what Shane has done for me. Whatever I am today is because of him. He is a tremendous captain and a good human being," he said.

Khan could play only three matches in the IPL third season because of a knee injury.

"I am fit now and raring to perform. I have several new weapons in my armoury. I could not play much matches in last season but this time I will prove my mettle for sure," said the 20-year-old son of a woodcutter from Azamgarh, UP.

Khan said he is excited about playing alongside Yuvraj Singh, who he admires a lot.

"I met him many times during IPL but now I am playing with him. I am really excited about this opportunity," he added.

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