Cricket world in shock as Australian legend Shane Warne dies at 52
Former Australia spinner Shane Warne, unarguably one of the all-time greats of the game who redefined spin bowling, has died of a suspected heart attack in Thailand, according to a statement from his management. The news has sent shockwaves across the cricketing world with cricketers taking to social media, expressing disbelief and shock.
He was 52.
Warne’s management released a brief statement to the Australian media, saying that he passed away in Koh Samui, Thailand.
“Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived,” the statement said
“The family requests privacy at this time and will provide further details in due course.”
An iconic name in international cricket, Warne, since making his debut in 1992, played 145 Tests for Australia, picking up 708 wickets with his leg-spin. In his 194 ODI appearances,
- Warne snared 293 scalps.
- He was the second-highest wicket-taker in Test history and only Sri Lanka off-spinner
- Muttiah Muralitharan has more wickets than him with 800.
- In 2007, Cricket Australia and Sri Lanka Cricket named the Test series between the two sides the Warne-Muralitharan Trophy in the duos honour.
- Warne, who made his Test debut against India at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground, was named as one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Century for his unparalleled achievements in a 15-year career between 1992 and 2007.
- In 2013, he was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.
- He helped Australia win the World Cup in 1999 and took more wickets than any other bowler in Ashes cricket, the tally standing at 195.
- After retiring from international cricket, Warne added to his legend by doubling up as captain and coach of IPL team Rajasthan Royal’s remarkable title triumph in the event’s inaugural edition.
- A flamboyant personality both on and off the field, Warne also found success as a commentator and was considered among the sharpest analysts of the game.
- Warne has passed away on a day when Australian cricket was in mourning after the death of wicket-keeping legend Rod Marsh.
According to foxsports.com.au, Warne’s management released a brief statement that Warne died in Thailand and the reason could be a suspected heart attack.