Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne dies at age 52

Australian cricketer and the greatest leg-spinner of all time Shane Warne died at the age of 52. In a statement, Warne’s manager said “Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived.”

“The family requests privacy at this time and will further provide details in due course,” he added.

Legendary spinner played 145 Test matches for the Australian team, while he had taken 708 wickets in the longest format of the game. He had also represented Australia in 194 One Day Internationals and took 293 wickets.

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Hours before his death, Warne had tweeted on the demise of former Australian legend Rod Marsh.

Warne was also credited for bowling “bowl of the century” when he dismissed England batsman Mike Gatting in the 1993 Ashes. The ball that was pitched outside leg stump pun immensely to hit Mike Gatting’s off stump.

Even though his career involved a lot of controversies, cricket experts and formers credit Warne for reviving the art of leg-spin.

Throughout his career, Warne has won numerous accolades. Highlight among them was being part of Australia’s World Cup squad in 1999. In that tournament, he had bagged most wickets and was also the man-of-match in the final against Pakistan.

The 52-year-old cricketer respresented his team from 1997 to 2007. Pakistani cricket legend, Shahid Afridi also tweeted about Warne’s death and expressed grief saying that he was “inspired by Warne’s bowling from the start of his career.”

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Pakistan skipper Babar Azam said it’s hard to believe that Warne has passed away. Pakistan’s former fast bowler, Shoaib Akhtar expressed that “he has no words to describe how shocked and sad he is.” Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag said, “life’s fragile, but this is very difficult to fathom.”

Pakistan’s Muhammad Hafeez also said that “it is a sad day for all cricket fraternity.”

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