Shane Warne, an Australian cricket hero who was a member of five Ashes-winning teams throughout his career and helped his country won the World Cup in 1999, died on Friday at the age of 52.
“Despite the best efforts of medical professionals, Shane was found lifeless in his villa and could not be resuscitated,” Warne’s management announced in a statement to Australian media site Fox Sports.
Warne’s Journey So Far
After retiring from international cricket, Warne added to his fame by serving as captain and coach of the IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals, which won the inaugural season of the tournament. Warne was a colorful figure on and off the field who also achieved popularity as a pundit and was regarded as one of the game’s sharpest analysts.
The massive leg break, a technique that was dying before Warne resurrected it with his finesse, left Gatting speechless.
According to Nine tabloids, Warne had a suspected heart attack while watching the first Test between Australia and Pakistan on television in his Koh Samui hotel room. Warne’s long-time manager, James Erskine, told the Sydney Morning Herald The Age that he had started a diet to shed weight and had not been drinking when he was discovered.
He immortalized himself with the ‘ball of the century in 1993 when as a 24-year-old, he deceived Mike Gatting at Old Trafford with a delivery that landed on the leg stump and, as the Englishman tried to defend, turned viciously to clip his off bail.
He tested positive for a prohibited diuretic before the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, which he said was provided to him by his mother for weight loss. As a result of the failed drug test, he received a suspension.
He was the 2nd highest wicket-taker in Test history with a record of 800 wickets.
The Warne-Muralitharan Trophy was established in 2007 by Sri Lanka Cricket and Cricket Australia to honor the tandem.
Warne’s outgoing personality made him a crowd favorite across the cricketing globe, but it also got him into problems on a regular basis.
He and Mark Waugh were fined by Cricket Australia in 1998 for receiving money from a bookmaker in exchange for disclosing pitch and weather information.
In cricket, he was always opposed to coaching and pushed for man managers instead. We know he will always be in our hearts and we hope his soul rests in peace.