Shane Warne, Australian Spin Bowling Legend, Dies at 52

Shane Warne
Shane Warne. Photo: Collected

Shane Warne, a former Australian cricketer and spin bowling legend, died on Friday at the age of 52 from a “suspected heart attack,” according to a statement released by his management company. According to a Fox Sports report, Warne’s management issued a brief statement in the early hours of Saturday (AEDT) stating that he died of a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui, Thailand. “Despite the best efforts of medical staff, Shane was found lifeless in his villa and could not be resuscitate,” said part of the statement. The statement said, “The family begs privacy at this time and will share further details in due course.”

With 708 wickets, Warne was the second best wicket taker in Test cricket history, behind Muttiah Muralitharan.

Warne appeared in 194 One-Day Internationals for Australia, taking 293 wickets. The right-hander was also a capable batsman, scoring 3,154 runs in Test cricket. In 50-overs cricket, he scored 1,018 runs.

The leg-spinner amassed a total of 1001 wickets, making him the first bowler to reach the 1,000-wicket mark in international cricket. Warne was named one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Century for his unprecedented achievements across a 15-year career between 1992 and 2007. He made his Test debut against India at the legendary Sydney Cricket Ground.

Australia spinner Shane Warne was honored into the ICC Hall of Fame in 2013. He helped Australia win the World Cup in 1999 and has taken more Ashes wickets than any other bowler, with a total of 195.

Shane Warne (September 13, 1969 – March 4, 2022)

  •  Tests: 145
  • Test Wickets: 708 at 25.41
  • Test Runs: 3154 at 17.32
  • ODIs: 194
  • ODI wickets: 293 at 25.73
  • ODI runs: 1018 and 13.05
  • One of five Wisden Cricketers of 20th century
  • Australian Cricket Hall of Fame
  • ICC Cricket Hall of Fame
  • Sport Australia Hall of Fame
  • 1999 World Cup winner
  • 1999 World Cup player of the final

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 commentator and was regarded as one of the game’s sharpest analysts.

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