Australia’s Test skipper, Pat Cummins, and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell failed to control their emotions while talking about the legendary Australian cricketer, Shane Warne after the spin wizard took his last breath shockingly at the age of 52 on Friday. Cummins, currently in Islamabad with the rest of his teammates, shared anecdotes of how he and many more of his teammates grew up admiring Warne and how everything he did was a theatre in itself, which motivated most of the aspiring cricketers during the earlier 2000s.
In a video shared by criket.co.au., Pat Cummins said, “Warnie was an all-time great, a once in a century type cricketer, and his records will live on forever. We all grew up watching Warnie, idolizing him, we all had posters on his wall, had his earring. What we loved so much about Warnie was his showmanship, his charisma, his tactics, the way he willed himself and the team around him to win games for Australia, and above all else his incredible skills as a leg-spinner.”
He further added, “There are so many guys in this team and squad who still hold him as a hero, their all-time favorite player. The game was never the same after Warnie emerged and the game will never be the same after his passing. Rest in peace, King.”
On the other hand, Glenn Maxwell looked teary-eyed during an emotional interview with Fox Sports. Calling himself ‘broken’ with the tragic news, Maxwell recalled the life and times of Warne, and how the Australian legend helped him during the early stages of his career.
Recalling the same, Glenn Maxwell said, “We’ve lost someone with immeasurable knowledge of the game, someone that’s going to be dearly missed. Warnie actually got me to the Stars. Sorry… umm, yeah, we had a really good relationship. Just broken. I was actually lucky enough to play my second ever grade game against Warnie. I was about 16 or 17 and thought I was fortunate then. But to get to play with him at the Stars and post his career, become good friends off the field and sort of be a part of his inner sanctum… it’s a hard morning.”
As the cricketing world struggles to come to grips with the tragic news of the passing of Shane Warne, Maxwell explained how Warne was just the type of senior pro and guide a youngster would hope for.
Explaining the same, Glenn Maxwell said, “He was a pretty life-loving person. He gave his time to pretty much every cricketer that came through. He saw every leg spinner that was playing international cricket, state cricket when he was commentating, he’d be out there helping them out. That was just the sort of person he was, he just gave his time so generously. He found a way to, he inspired multiple generations of players wanting to be Shane Warne. That’s the legacy he’s going to leave.”
Elaborating about Shane Warne further, Glenn Maxwell said, “He was (fun to be around). Even just to talk to him about normal stuff, he was just so knowledgeable and so caring and friendly. As far as Australian cricket goes, we’ve lost someone with immeasurable knowledge of the game, someone that’s going to be dearly missed. I went around and saw Finchy this morning… I only woke up to the news this morning. I just want to send my whole love to (Shane’s family).”