Shane Warne – sadly gone, at just 52

One of the greatest cricketers of all time, Shane Warne, has passed away 

The 52-year-old Australian was a larger-than-life figure throughout his majestic and occasionally controversial career. Following hard on the heels of the demise of another fine Aussie in wicketkeeper Rod Marsh, cricket lovers are mourning today all around the world.

‘Warnie’ was apparently at his villa in Thailand, and suffered a suspected massive heart attack. His leg-spin earned him 708 Test wickets, the most for any Australian, and second overall only to another mystical ‘tweaker,’ Murali.

His Test batting average wasn’t up to much but he was a very dangerous man to come in down the order, and his slip catching was the stuff of legend. A proud Victorian, he was involved too in the early years of the Indian Premier League, very successfully, of course.

He’s regularly voted into ‘best all-time Test teams,’ and is surely one of the top half-dozen ever to have played the game in its 150+ years history.

For 15 summers, an Australian Test international. The very epitome of box office. A rollercoaster career at times, but a talent that knew few peers. A million memories. I saw him in Tests at Old Trafford, and Trent Bridge. I recall those moments with great fondness, and thanks, today.

Shane Keith Warne, RIP.

Alan Firkins

Photo – Indian Times