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Warne tips Renegades cult hero for IPL stardom

Rapid rise: Peter Hatzoglou.

Rapid rise: Peter Hatzoglou.Credit:Getty Images

Shane Warne has tipped the rapid rise of Big Bash League cult hero Peter Hatzoglou to continue, declaring the Melbourne Renegades spinner will be drafted by an Indian Premier League franchise this year.

Hatzoglou, 22, has become a social media star through his fine performances with the Renegades. It was only two seasons ago the leg-spinner was playing third-grade premier cricket for Melbourne University but his 16 BBL wickets has him on the cusp of a life-changing opportunity, says Warne.

Warne, a mentor of players with the IPL side the Rajasthan Royals, said Hatzoglou, who delivers fast, flat leggies, would be more than a handful on flat Indian pitches.

“I think there will be a lot of interest in Hatzoglou around the world, especially in the IPL and tournaments like that. When you think of those sub-continent conditions, the next IPL is in India … on those Indian pitches with some of those flat ones, bowling second, he could be a real handful bowling it fast into the pitch,” Warne said on Fox Cricket.

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