Australian legend and all-time great leg spinner Shane Warne has passed away at the age of 52. Warne’s management has issued a brief statement stating that he died of a suspected heart attack in Thailand.
“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,” the statement read.
Shane Warne proved what greatness is. He finished his career with 293 wickets in ODIs and 708 wickets in Tests, the most by a legspinner in the format. 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.
Meanwhile, what comes as a shocker is that prior to his demise, Warne had tweeted that he has started working on fitness and wanted to get back in shape. Taking to Twitter, he wrote:
“Operation shred has started (10 days in) & the goal by July is to get back to this shape from a few years ago ! Let’s go 💪🏻👏🏻 #heathy #fitness #feelgoodfriday.”
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) February 28, 2022
Shane Warne passed away on Friday, the day when another Australian legend Rodney Marsh breathed his last after a prolonged illness.
Ricky Ponting breaks down while paying tribute to Shane Warne
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting struggled to comprehend the unexpected death of close friend Shane Warne and has vowed to ensure the champion leg spinner’s legacy lives on.
“He was a teacher through his commentary and I’ve seen hundreds of photos over the last 24 hours of all the spinners he worked with,” Ponting told Isa Guha, on The ICC Review.
“He helped Steve Smith in his younger days and Rashid Khan has been catching up with him – just imagine the conversations they would have had. So I feel it is now up to me whenever I get an opportunity to just let the world know what he was like and pass on some of the things I learnt from him,” he added.