Last Updated: March 05, 2022, 13:01 IST
Shane Warne Dies LIVE Updates: Australian cricket legend and the greatest leg-spinner of all-time, Shane Warne, has died, aged 52. Warne’s management released a brief statement stating that passed away in Thailand of a suspected heart attack. “Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived,” the statement reads.” 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. In his Read More
As per Fox Cricket, Shane Warne’s manager James Erskine revealed Warne was in Thailand at the beginning of three months off having spent the summer working for Fox Cricket on the Ashes. “Shane was having three months off and this was the start of it,” he told the Remembering Shane Warne tribute on Fox Cricket. “They had only arrived the night before. They were going to go out for a drink at 5 o’clock, and Neophitou (Warne’s close friend and associate Andrew Neophitou) knocked on his door at 5.15pm because Warnie was always on time and said “come on you’re going to be late” and then realised something was wrong.”
In this exclusive conversation with news18.com, Asnodkar relives his memories of Warne:
“As a youngster, I had three players in my life whom I always admired. One was obviously Sachin Tendulkar, the others were Brian Lara and Shane Warne. I used to love watching them play. Even when they were playing against India, I always wanted them to do well because it was a straight contest between bat and ball,” Asnodkar said from Goa.
“When I heard the news of Warne to be Rajasthan Royals’ captain, it was a dream-come-true for me. Never ever has it happened before in Indian cricket that all the international stars shared the dressing room with the Indian domestic players. IPL was completely new at that time. It was a great thing to know Warne was going to the captain. Being in the same dressing room along with a childhood hero was something special for me.”
Pindi pauses in a minutes silence for Shane Keith Warne. pic.twitter.com/ADhtIzWBfC
— Peter Lalor (@plalor) March 5, 2022
Thai Police said Warne and three other friends were staying in a private villa in Koh Samui and one of them went to inquire about him after the former cricketer did not turn up for dinner. “The friend did CPR on him and called an ambulance,” Chatchawin Nakmusik, an officer with the Bo Put police, told Reuters by phone. “An emergency response unit then arrived and did another CPR for 10-20 minutes. Then an ambulance from the Thai International Hospital arrived and took him there. They did CPR for five minutes, and then he died.”
'He was magic' 🌟
Isa Guha delivers an emotional few words on Warnie 😢
📺 Watch the #ShaneWarne tribute on @Foxtel CH501 or stream on @kayosports pic.twitter.com/poRH9qsL9G
— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) March 5, 2022
Rest in peace, King. A tribute to Shane Warne from Pat Cummins. pic.twitter.com/nyBMuV8fKj
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) March 5, 2022
I am numb!!! My hero, my mentor, my great friend, Shane Warne is no longer with us. Warnie, the impact you had on this great game and everyone around it is immeasurable. Thank you for being so bloody good to me. I am going to miss you so much. Rest In Peace SK 💔💔
— Shane Watson (@ShaneRWatson33) March 4, 2022
RIP Warnie🙏 God only made one model of you my friend. #warnie #baggygreen #kingofspin pic.twitter.com/qIcgo6jEke
— Matthew Hayden AM (@HaydosTweets) March 5, 2022
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I’ve just informed the Warne family that the Government will rename the Great Southern Stand at the MCG – the place he took his hat trick and 700th wicket – to honor Shane and his contribution to the game.
The S.K. Warne Stand will be a permanent tribute to an amazing Victorian.
— Dan Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) March 5, 2022
A moment of silence and black armbands in memory of two legends of Australian cricket – Shane Warne and Rod Marsh ❤️pic.twitter.com/RlEQFjsN4P
— Australian Women’s Cricket Team 🏏 (@AusWomenCricket) March 5, 2022
Two back arm bands for Rod Marsh & Shane Warne. #CWC22 #TeamAustralia pic.twitter.com/rUdeKStMgZ
— Priya Nagi (@priyamohannagi) March 5, 2022
Huge shockA true legend & gent of the game. RIP Warney #Hero 😢😢
— Ryan Sidebottom 🏏 (@RyanSidebottom) March 4, 2022
A legend has left us… sad sad day 🙏🏾🙏🏾☹️☹️.. RIP Shane
— Kieron Pollard (@KieronPollard55) March 4, 2022
RIP Shane Warne 1969-2022One of the greatest entertainers and match-winners our game has ever seen.
➡️ https://t.co/vDSRuwpIog pic.twitter.com/9kdWaolSKY
— ICC (@ICC) March 4, 2022
Numb. The highlight of my cricketing career was to keep wicket to Warnie. Best seat in the house to watch the maestro at work. Have often felt a tad selfish, that Heals and I pretty much exclusively are the only ones who had that thrill and pleasure at Test level. Rip Warnie.💔😢
— Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) March 4, 2022
Extremely shocked and saddened to learn of the untimely demise of Legendary Leg spinner Shane Warne. The world today has lost one of the greatest cricketing heroes of all time.
— Sharad Pawar (@PawarSpeaks) March 4, 2022
Extremely sad to hear about the passing away of the legendary spinner @ShaneWarne @CricketAus. My heartfelt condolences to his family.#ShaneWarne
— Mohammad Yousaf (@yousaf1788) March 4, 2022
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Tributes poured in from across the world, as cricketers and celebrities alike expressed shock and disbelief over the passing away of the iconic cricketer. Indian cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma were joined by other current and former players who posted their memories of Warne on social media.
Born on September 13, 1969, at Ferntree Gully in Victoria, Warne made his Test debut against India in Sydney in 1992 and followed it with an ODI debut against New Zealand in Wellington in March next year.
The Australian, who was chosen as one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Century, finished his career with 293 wickets in ODIs and 708 wickets in Tests, the most by a leg-spinner in the format. He also won the World Cup with Australia in 1999 and was the Player of the Match in the final against Pakistan with figures of 4 for 33.
Affectionately known as ‘Warnie’, the cricketer is credited with almost single-handedly reviving the art of leg-spin in the early 1990s. Although luminaries such as Pakistan’s Abdul Qadir had kept the art alive, Warne brought a new glamour and attacking intent to leg-spin. With his sharp and tactical brain, he could outfox the world’s best batters.
Notably, the leg spinners’ delivery to Mike Gatting in the Manchester Ashes Test in 1993 is considered as the ‘ball of the century’.
Like football legend Diego Maradona, Warne was also talented, charismatic, had a flamboyant personality, both on and off the field, and was involved in a fair amount of controversies in his life.
Away from the cricket field, Warne was rarely far from the front pages of the tabloids, which have produced a string of revelations about his personal life. His ‘sexcapades’ were as famous as some of his deliveries.
In 1995, both he and his then team-mate Mark Waugh were fined for giving information to an Indian bookmaker during the previous year’s tour of Sri Lanka. He fell foul of the cricket establishment for his comments against the then Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga just before the start of the 1999 World Cup.
In 2003, on the eve of that year’s 50-over World Cup, Warne was suspended from international cricket for a year after he tested positive for a banned diuretic during a routine drugs test — he claimed it was given to him by his mother to help him lose weight.
However, the leg-spinner made a roaring comeback with four five-wicket hauls in a row to lead Australia to a memorable 3-0 series win in Sri Lanka in March 2004 and then played a quietly crucial role in their subsequent “final frontier” victory in India. He retired from international cricket in 2007, after reclaiming the Ashes with a 5-0 whitewash (the first that Australia had inflicted on England since 1920-21).
Even at the age of 37, the Warne legend was not done. Though Warne was a ‘master tactician’, he never got the opportunity to lead Australia — the controversies off the field proved a big obstacle in his elevation as the skipper. However, he fulfilled that unfinished part of the business by winning the IPL title.
After retiring from international cricket, Warne proved his leadership ability and added to his legend with his instrumental role in Rajasthan Royals winning the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League in 2008. Not only that, he picked 19 wickets during the IPL 2008 and helped Rajasthan clinch the title. He gave confidence and desired mentorship to many likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Yusuf Pathan, who served or continue to serve Indian cricket. Warne had an eye for talent and he proved that by picking little-known players and getting them to create magical moments for Rajasthan Royals.
Warne found success as a commentator too and was considered among the sharpest analysts of the game.
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