On the 4th of March 2022, the cricketing world lost a real gem as the legendary legspinner from Australia, Shane Warne passed away. He died at an age of 52 while he was holidaying on the Thai holiday island of Koh Samui due to natural causes.
Shane Warne is the 2nd-leading wicket-taker in the Test cricket with 708 wickets against his name. Muttiah Muralitharan is the only bowler with more wickets than Warnie in the test cricket. The leg-spinner has scalped a total of 1001 international wickets in his international career for Australia and he also was the first-ever bowler to cross the thousand-wickets mark.
Shane Warne represented Australia in 194 ODIs in which he accounted for 293 wickets. Moreover, he also scored 1018 runs in the 50-overs format with the bat, while he was more than handy with the bat in the Test arena as he amassed 3154 runs in his Test career.
England and New Zealand players alongside the spectators pay tribute to Shane Warne
On the day of the first test between New Zealand and England at the Lord’s, the players gave a beautiful tribute to Shane Warne. Once 23 overs were completed in the first session’s play, the match was paused for 23 seconds to appreciate Warnie’s contribution to the game of cricket, who used to wear the jersey number 23.
Watch the video here:
After 23 overs, the game pauses for 23 seconds of applause in memory of the the great Shane Warne 👏❤️ pic.twitter.com/zr2Ih2XK7o
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) June 2, 2022
Shane Warne made his Test debut at the Sydney Cricket Ground against India. He was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in 2013 and also was named one of the Five Cricketers of the Century by Wisden for his unparalleled achievements during his career.
After retiring from international cricket, Shane Warne led Rajasthan Royals to the IPL glory in the inaugural season as the skipper and the coach. Warne was a flamboyant personality on and off the field and later he found immense success in the commentary box.