Legendary Australian leg spinner Shane Warne has died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 52. The former Australia spinner played 145 Tests and 194 ODIs between 1992 and 2007. Regarded as one of the greatest spinners in the history of the game, legendary Australian cricketer Shane Warne has died of a suspected heart attack on Friday. The former Australian spinner was 52 when the spin icon passed away in Koh Samui, Thailand. Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, former Indian skipper Virat Kohli and current Team India captain Rohit Sharma have mourned the demise of the legendary Australian cricketer on social media.
Taking to Twitter in the aftermath of the tragic death of the spin icon, Tendulkar shared an emotional post about the celebrated cricketer. Sharing a throwback photo with the legendary spinner, the Little Master recalled Warne's love for Indians and the people of the country. During their playing days, former Indian skipper and batting legend Tendulkar had many memorable battles with leg-spinner Warne.
While Warne enjoyed bowling against most teams, he particularly excelled against England and South Africa with 325 off his 708 Test wickets coming against the two nations. His delivery to Mike Gatting in the Ashes Test is considered the ball of the century. His best in a Test innings came against England - in 1994 in Brisbane - when he bagged 8 for 71. One of his finest performances in Test cricket also came against England when he ended the iconic 2005 series with 40 wickets and the Player of the series award.
Warne will also be remembered for his leadership skills and was instrumental in Rajasthan Royals winning the first season of IPL. Warne's playing career was also hurt by controversies. Warne could have had another World Cup feather on his hat but was sent home ahead of the 2003 World Cup campaign in South Africa because of a drug test. In 1998, he was fined by Cricket Australia for accepting money from a bookmaker along with Mark Waugh.
Newly appointed Team Indian captain Rohit hailed Warne as an absolute legend and champion of the game. "I'm truly lost for words here, this is extremely sad. An absolute legend and champion of our game has left us. RIP Shane Warne....still can't believe it," Rohit said in his tweet. As per the latest developments, Warne's management has released a brief statement to the Australian media. "Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived," the statement said. One of the finest players in the history of the game, spin legend Warne bagged 708 wickets from 145 Test matches. Warne was also a part of Steve Waugh's World Cup-winning Australian team in 1999. Shane Warne makes it clear!
Australian cricketer Shane Warne, one of the finest leg-spinners of all time whose talent and personality transcended the sport, died on Friday. He was 52. Warne, who ended his spell-binding international career in 2007 with a remarkable 708 Test wickets, died of a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui, Thailand, his family said in a statement.
Credited with reviving the art of leg spin, Warne made his test debut in 1992 against India. Rated among the five greatest cricketers of the 20th century, Warne was one of the game’s prominent crowd-pullers whose craft as well as lifestyle often made headlines.
His great Indian rival Sachin Tendulkar was “shocked, stunned & miserable” at the death of the Australian stalwart.
“Will miss you Warnie. There was never a dull moment with you around, on or off the field. Will always treasure our on field duels & off field banter. You always had a special place for India & Indians had a special place for you,” Tendulkar tweeted.