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It came as an absolute shock when Fox Sports broke the news of the demise of Shane Warne. The Cricket world couldn’t believe it before eventually accepting it. The leg-spinner, who has the second-most international wickets of all time, had passed away in Thailand due to a suspected heart attack. He was just aged 52.
This shocking news came just few hours after the legendary Australian tweeted on the demise of former Australian wicket-keeper Rodney Marsh. The statement which was released read:
“Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived. The family requests privacy at this time and will provide further details in due course.”
It was a sad day indeed for the cricketing world. Death is indeed inevitable.
Shane Warne: The spinning legend
Shane Keith Warne made his international debut against India on January 02, 1992. But it wasn’t until the 1992 Ashes series. Playing his first iconic series, he delivered a ball to England’s Mike Gatting that lead the world to call it the “Ball of the Century.”
The Australian legend went on to become one of the greatest bowlers of all time. He took 708 test wickets, the second-most by any bowler in the longest format. In One Day Internationals, he took 293 wickets. Overall, that’s 1001 international wickets. Warne is one of the two bowlers to take over 1000 wickets after Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan.
Shane Warne represented Australia in two Cricket World Cups; in 1996 and 1999. In the 1996 edition, the Aussies were defeated in the final by the underdogs Sri Lanka, who won their first world title. However, in the 1999 edition, Australia won its second world title. Warne was the hero in both semi-final and the final.
In the semi-final against South Africa, he took 4-29 in the match that has been regarded as one of the greatest ODI matches of all time. In the final against a strong Pakistan team, Warne again took 4-33 to bowl them out cheaply for 132. He won back-to-back Player of the Match awards.
He holds the record for the most wickets in a single calendar year, taking 96 in the year 2005. In Ashes cricket, he is the leading wicket-taker of the series. He took 195 wickets in 36 matches.
In all of his excellent achievements, there was also a fair share of his controversies. But nevertheless, Shane Warne is one of cricket’s greatest, and he will be deeply missed.
Twitter reacts to the unexpected departure of Shane Warne
As said many times, the world was just shocked to find the legendary bowler departing from the world. Every cricketer shared their sadness. Here are some of the tweets from players around the world.