Australian cricket is going through a difficult phase, as they lose another legend in the span of 24 hours.
After losing Rod Marsh, the wicket-keeper legend, earlier on Friday, the news of Shane Warne’s demise shook the whole world.
According to a report by Fox Sports, Warne was found “unresponsive” in his villa in Thailand. Warne’s manager further added, “despite the best efforts of medical staff, he couldn’t be revived.”
As we await further reports, it has been suspected that the player died of a heart attack.
Warne’s demise has come as a great shock to everyone. He was one of the five Wisden’s Crickets of the Century. He was bestowed this honour for his stupendous bowling performance in the longest format of the game.
Warne was the second-highest wicket-taker in Tests, with 708 scalps to his name. He was a tremendous bowler and enjoyed bowling against every team. However, England and South Africa were his personal favourites.
He had picked 325 of his total wickets against these two countries. Even that ball on which he dismissed Mike Gatting in 1993 Ashes was considered the ball of the century.
Although this doesn’t mean that he performed poorly in other formats.
He was a part of the 1999 world cup winning Australian Squad. And played an instrumental role against Pakistan in the final, for which he was also rewarded as the man of the match.
Further in T20 Cricket, he made a name for himself by winning the inaugural edition of IPL with Rajasthan Royals in 2008.
Warne was a legend of the game in the real sense. He played a total of 412 international matches in which he picked 1071 wickets. His presence will be dearly missed in the commentary box forever.