Australian Cricket Legend & Spin King Shane Warne: The Greatest Leg-Spinner In Cricket History
In his own words, Australian cricket legend Shane Warne was “a man on a mission” and he once famously declared: “I liked loud music, I smoked, I drank, and I bowled a bit of leg spin. I don’t have any regrets”. But he accomplished a lot more than bowling a bit of leg spin during his illustrious and colourful international cricket career. He captured 708 Test match wickets, he delivered the ‘ball of the century’ and he was Wisden’s man of the century. The cricket world is mourning the loss of the late Shane Warne and here’s how social media reacted to his shock passing.
As Australia slept, news filtered through of 52-year-old Shane Warne’s passing and tributes instantly flowed for the man affectionately known as the ‘spin king’.
Cricket Australia tweeted their shock and sadness over the news, describing Warne as “a true cricketing genius.”
Speaking from Pakistan, Australian Test captain Pat Cummins led the tributes on behalf of the Australian team, saying the entire playing group grew up in awe of Warne’s cricketing achievements and the impact he had on the game in Australia and around the world.
Cummins said: “The game was never the same after Warnie emerged, and the game will never the same after his passing.”
Former English rival and friend Kevin Pieterson tweeted more than 20 crying emojis in a tribute to Warne.
“F***….. #RIPKing”, he tweeted.
Meanwhile, former Australian player and teammate Shane Watson tweeted a more personal message to Warne, thanking him for being his hero, mentor and friend.
“Thank you for being so bloody good to me, I am going to miss you so much. Rest In Peace SK.’’ he tweeted.
Tributes have also poured in from around the world with Pakistani cricketer Imam Ul Haq describing Warne as a ‘magician, legend and GOAT’.
Amongst his many achievements, Warney’s ‘ball of the century’ certainly stands out as one of the biggest highlights of his decorated career.
In his first foray into Ashes cricket, Warney delivered a leg spinner which bamboozled the world, leaving English batsman Mike Gatting perplexed and bemused.
ESPNcricinfo tweeted: “There will never be anyone like Shane Warne.”
Back at home, Warney’s hat-trick in an Ashes test in Melbourne will forever be etched in cricket folklore.
In 1994, Warne became the first person in 91 years to collect a hat-trick in an Ashes series Test match.