In what is considered a black day in the cricketing fraternity, legendary Australian bowler, Shane Warne, took his last breath after a suspected heart attack on March 4, 2022. Late Shane Warne is widely regarded as one of the greatest spinners to ever grace the game, and former Australian skipper, Allan Border, even opined that Warne was Australia’s greatest-ever bowler.
It’s been a year since the world is missing a gem like Shane Warne, who passed away at the age of 52. As the world observed his death anniversary on March 4, 2023, many cricketers came forward to pay their tributes to the late legendary spinner. Players like Glenn McGrath, Adam Gilchrist, Michael Vaughan, and many more reflected on his career.
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“To the man who inspired me to chase a dream and the bloke who was a dream to have on your side…may you both continue to #RIP,” Adam Gilchrist tweeted.
To the man who inspired me to chase a dream and the bloke who was a dream to have on your side…may you both continue to #RIP 😔💔❤️ pic.twitter.com/CJVGr5kz1d
— Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) March 3, 2023
Legendary Indian cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar also took to Twitter to pay tribute to the late Australian spinner.
The batting legend wrote: “We have had some memorable battles on the field & shared equally memorable moments off it. I miss you not only as a great cricketer but also as a great friend. I am sure you are making heaven a more charming place than it ever was with your sense of humour and charisma, Warnie!”
We have had some memorable battles on the field & shared equally memorable moments off it. I miss you not only as a great cricketer but also as a great friend. I am sure you are making heaven a more charming place than it ever was with your sense of humour and charisma, Warnie! pic.twitter.com/j0TQnVS97r
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 4, 2023
Many other players and franchises took to social media to pay tribute to Warne as well.
RIP King … #Warney
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 3, 2023
Forever one of us. 💗 pic.twitter.com/8G0EbWQxVF
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) March 4, 2023
One year to this black day in cricket.
You are still in our thoughts, Warnie 💔#ShaneWarne pic.twitter.com/JPzLN5DmPM
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) March 4, 2023
Whenever the name Shane Warne is being discussed, it is hard to not talk about the delivery he cleaned up Mike Gatting on his first delivery at the 1993 Ashes series. Branded as the ‘ball of the century’, the delivery completely deceived Gatting as it clipped the bail right as he attempted to defend the ball.
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Warne also boasts a fabulous record in international cricket. He scalped as many as 708 wickets in 145 Test matches for Australia. He also has 293 wickets in 194 ODI matches as well, making him one of the greatest bowlers to ever play the game.