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Shane Warne’s Legendary Life

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We all have heard the name of legendary Shane Warne. However, he is such a person that doesn’t need the introduction. He was an Australian cricketer who played from September 13, 1969, to March 4, 2022. He is a right-arm leg spinner who is widely regarded as one of the finest bowlers in cricket history.

In 2000, he was named one of five Wisden Cricketers of the Century by a panel of cricket experts, the only specialist bowler and the only one still playing at the time.

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Early life

He was born on September 13, 1969. He was born in Upper Ferntree Gully, a Melbourne suburb in the Australian state of Victoria. Warne was a leg-break bowler who bowled with his right arm. He was a Renaissance man who gave new life to the dying bowling style of leg-spin and made it an essential element of the game.

His ball, which perplexed Mike Gatting in 1993, is the most exemplary bowling delivery ever by widespread consensus.

He was the top wicket-taker in Test cricket, totaling 708 until December 2007, when he was dethroned by Muttiah Muralitharan, another all-time spin superstar. He has been named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack and Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World twice.

He was born to German-born Bridgette and Keith Warne on September 13, 1969, in Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia. He joined Hampton High School from Grades 7-9. After that, he got a sports scholarship to Mentone Grammar School. Mentone was where he spent the rest of his high school years. He made his first appearance in the Victorian Cricket Association’s under-16 Dowling Shield competition in 1983-84 on behalf of the University of Melbourne Cricket Club. He bowled leg-spin and off-spin combined at the time. He was a batsman played in the lower order.

Career

In 1992 Warne debuted in Test cricket, and since then, he has taken over 1,000 wickets in both Test cricket and ODI’s. His 708 Test wickets held the record for the most score bowler Until 2007. 

Warne played domestic cricket for Victoria, English domestic cricket for Hampshire, and international cricket. He captained Hampshire for three seasons. After Australia’s 2006–07 Ashes series triumph over England, Warne announced his retirement from international cricket in January 2007.

Warne was voted to Australia’s finest ever ODI team in 2007. He played for the Rajasthan Royals for the first four seasons of the Indian Premier League (2008–2011), serving as both captain and coach, and won the competition in 2008.

Warne was included in an all-time Test World XI for the 150th anniversary of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. In 2012, Cricket Australia admitted him into the Cricket Hall of Fame. In 2013, Warne was honored at the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Cricket Hall. The Rajasthan Royals kept Warne as their squad mentor for the IPL 2018 season.

He had played seven matches in the Sheffield Shield local club tournament before being selected for Australia. In 1991–92, he made his Test cricket debut against India in Sydney. Warne got 34 wickets in six Tests against England in the 1993 Ashes series, averaging 25. However, he was probably best known for one delivery in the 1993 series. At Old Trafford in Manchester, he bowled to England’s Mike Gatting.

The leg-art was on display when the ball pitched on the leg stump and spun fiercely past the bat to hit Gatting’s off stump. Spinner’s It was Warne’s first ball in a Test match in England, and it gave Warne and the Australian squad a significant psychological advantage that carried over into the next Ashes series in 1994-95.

In the 1994 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, he was selected one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year, and in 1997 and 2004, he was named the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World. Warne was a useful lower-order batsman who made over 3,000 Test runs and held the record for the highest Test runs without a century. 

In 1998, Warne was involved in a scandal when it was revealed that he and fellow Australian cricketer Mark Waugh had accepted bribes from an Indian bookmaker four years prior.

The duo said they merely provided pitch data and weather forecasts. Shortly after the bribes were given to them, the Australian Cricket Board quietly penalized the two. Despite the scandal, Warne was chosen one of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack’s Five Cricketers of the Century in 2000.

In February 2003, Warne sparked more controversy when he was removed from the World Cup in South Africa. Because a drug test stated the presence of a banned diuretic, he received a 12-month suspension as a result. Nevertheless, he took his 500th wicket in the first Test match in 2004, becoming only the second bowler in history. Shane Warne and Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan had both overtaken Courtney Walsh of the West Indies’ record of 519 Test wickets in 2001 by the end of the 2003–04 season.

For the 1991 season, he was appointed for the Accrington Cricket Club of the Lancashire League. As a bowler, he passed a successful season. Though he took 73 wickets at an average of 15.4 runs/wicket, he only managed to score 329 runs at an average of 15.4 runs/wicket.

Warne made his first-class cricket debut on February 15, 1991, at the Junction Oval in Melbourne. There he took 0/61 and 1/41 for Victoria against Western Australia. After that, he was elected to Australia’s B team. Later in September 1991, he accompanied them on a tour of Zimbabwe.

Harare Sports Club hosted the second match of the tour. Shane Warne got 7/49 in the second innings, his first-class haul of five wickets or more in an innings. As a result, Australia’s B side triumphed by nine wickets.

In December 1991, he returned to Australia and took 3/14 and 4/42 for Australia A against a touring West Indian side.

T20 Career of Shane Warne

In 2008, he was appointed as the mentor of the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL after he retired from international cricket.

He led them to victory in that season. As a result, he continued to captain the Royals for four more seasons, with 2011 being his final season with the team.

He was signed for the Melbourne Stars in Australia’s inaugural Big Bash League in 2011. he took seven wickets in eight matches at an economy rate of 6.72 runs per over.

Retirement

Warne revolutionized cricket thinking with his mastery of leg-spin, which had become considered a dying skill. He announced retirement from all formats in cricket in 2013. In the BBL, he confirmed that he would no longer captain the Melbourne Stars. After retirement, he continued to work for Australia’s Nine Network as a cricket pundit, primarily. He volunteered for non-profit organizations and also promoted commercial products. A statue of him bowling was erected outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground to honor his talent. 

In July 2014, he captained the rest of the World side in the Lord’s Bicentenary Celebration match.

Endorsement

In addition to his famous sporting career, Warne had several endorsement deals and was a regular on Fox Sports, resulting in a net worth of $50 million at the time of his death.

Controversy

Off the field, Warne’s career was marred by scandals such as a ban from cricket for testing positive for a forbidden substance, accusations of bringing the game into disrepute with the John the bookmaker issue, and sexual transgressions.

After it was discovered that Warne was sending sexual text messages to a British nurse while still married to Callahan, he lost his Australian vice-captaincy in 2000. After accepting sponsorship from a nicotine patch company in exchange for quitting smoking, he got into an altercation with some adolescent lads who took a photo of him smoking. Two years after their divorce, Warne and his ex-wife were rumored to be reuniting in April 2007. However, she left him again five months later when he sent her a text message that he had intended for another lady. 

Recognition

Aside from being selected one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Century, he was also named to the same publication’s all-time Test World XI. In 1997 and 2004, he was voted the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World. In honor of Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan, Cricket Australia and Sri Lanka Cricket decided to rename the Australia–Sri Lanka Test cricket series the Warne–Muralitharan Trophy in 2007. Warne was also nominated to Cricket Australia’s finest ODI XI of all time in 2007. He got selected as an honorary life member of the Marylebone Cricket Club in 2009.

In 2012, the Shane Warne Stand at the Rose Bowl, where Warne played county cricket for Hampshire, was named after him. He was named in the country’s finest Ashes XI in the last 40 years in a fan survey conducted by the Cricketers’ Almanack in 2017. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews stated on March 5, 2022, less than 24 hours after Warne’s death, the Melbourne Cricket Ground’s Great Southern Stand will be renamed the S. K. Warne Stand. 

In honor of Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan, Cricket Australia and Sri Lanka Cricket decided to rename the Australia–Sri Lanka Test cricket series the Warne–Muralitharan Trophy in 2007.

Death

The legendary Warne died on March 4, 2022, at the age of 52, in a villa on the Thai island of Ko Samui. He died of a suspicious heart attack on the same day as another Australian cricket legend Rod Marsh, whom he paid tribute to on Twitter only hours before his death. Investigations are going on in this manner.

Warne’s body was flown from Thailand to Melbourne six days after his death on a private plane. Warne’s family accepted Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ state funeral offer. Andrews confirmed that the state memorial would be held on March 30, 2022, at Melbourne Cricket Ground. He is the person that will always be remembered by every cricket fan.

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