Hello, good afternoon sports fans, praying you’re well, looking after yourselves and in good health. As promised, we want to pay our own tribute to Shane Warne. Shane Keith Warne, the 52-year old leg-spinner who passed away with a suspected heart attack was more than just a spin-bowler, he was an icon.
The blonde hair the good looks and the sun cream on the mouth and face, Shane Warne was a distinctive warrior. A lion on the pitch, a fierce competitor who loved the competitive/sledging side of the game.
Off the pitch, you had some one who was kind, a good friend to many and it became clear why many fans, in their millions, multi-millions adored this man. A Victorian native, but which ever club side he went to around the world, he took them to their hearts and they did him too.
At Hampshire he was captain and hugely adored, the same at Rajasthan Royals, who he captained to the inaugural IPL title. Warnie also played for the Melbourne Stars too in his native Australia.
Critics will say, he was larger than life got involved in some misdemeanours , which to a point he did, but so were many others. Shane Warne, was a one of a generation kind of player, he made leg-spin cool. Players who were starting out in cricket (bowlers) , were aiming to replicate, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis or Curtley Ambrose.
There’s not many who would have chosen a spinner as someone they aspire to be like, to bowl like. But Shane Warne changed all of that. The 52-year old Victorian got 700 wickets and 291 One-day International scalps, very impressive indeed.
Yes, he will be remembered for being a superb bowler, but he more then held his own in the slip-cordon and was a very gutsy batsmen too. One blot on an illustrious career, Shane Warne will go down as the highest run scorer of a man, who would not get a test century in his career.
A stain on his record, that maybe, but sports fans let’s salute a legend an icon! On the field and off the field as a coach and commentator, Shane Keith Warne, rest in peace, you will be missed.