Australian Cricket Legend Shane Warne Dies at the Age of 52

Australian cricket icon Shane Warne died of a suspected heart attack today in Koh Samui, Thailand today, Friday 4 March. The sad news was confirmed by his management company in an official statement: 

“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.”

Shane Warne is the second-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket history with 708 wickets in 145 Test matches for Australia between 1992 and 2007. He played domestic cricket in England for Hampshire, while his entire first-class domestic cricket career in Australia was spent playing for his native Victoria.

He led Rajasthan Royals to the Indian Premier League title in 2008 and was appointed as the team’s mentor in 2018. His first delivery in Ashes cricket produced “Ball of the Century” to dismiss England batter Mike Gatting at Old Trafford in 1993

Reminiscing on Warne’s golden years, Gatting has just said that Warne will always be his number one. He expressed the following:

“Absolutely devastated and just feel so sad for his mum and his family. When something like this happens it’s a huge loss to many, many people who watched him, were inspired by him and all of the things you didn’t see he did for kids off the pitch with the charities he worked for. It’s just hugely devastating.

Without a doubt, No 1 ever. There have been a lot of great cricketers, a lot of great spinners, a lot of great leg-spinners but I think that Warney will always be, certainly from my point of view, the number one.” 

Following his retirement, the Ashes legend worked as a pundit for Sky Sports. 

England’s men’s team held a minute’s silence at their training base in Antigua in tribute to Warne and posted their tributes on social media. The sports industry and fans are paying tributes to the greatest leg-spinner in the history of cricket minute by minute. 

The official England Cricket Twitter account posted: 

 “One of the greatest of all time. A legend. A genius. You changed Cricket. RIP Shane Warne.”

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