Legendary Australia cricketer Shane Warne, one of the greatest bowlers in history, has died at the age of 52.
Warne’s management released a statement saying he had died of a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui, Thailand.
The statement read: “Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived.
Shocking to hear the demise of Shane Warne ! He was one of the greatest wrist spinners to ever grace the game! My heartfelt condolences to his family , friends and fans from across the world! May his soul rest in peace 🙏! pic.twitter.com/B5gMVJZRGk
— Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) March 4, 2022
“The family requests privacy at this time and will provide further details in due course.”
Leg-spinner Warne is the second-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket history with 708 wickets in 145 matches, behind only Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan’s tally of 800.
Warne produced the ‘Ball of the Century’ to dismiss England batter Mike Gatting at Old Trafford in 1993.
Sad, speechless, and completely shocked. An incredible loss to cricket. I have no words. Thank you for everything you’ve done for the sport. Rest in Peace, Shane Warne. Sending my condolences to his loved ones. pic.twitter.com/wO7VenwVSD
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) March 4, 2022
Warne took 1,001 international wickets in total, having also picked up 293 in 194 one-day internationals.
Since retiring from the game in 2013, he worked as a pundit for Sky Sports and coached London Spirit in the inaugural edition of The Hundred in 2021.
Warne had tweeted earlier on Friday to pay tribute to Rod Marsh following the former Australia wicketkeeper’s passing from a heart attack at the age of 74.
Cannot believe it.
One of the greatest spinners, the man who made spin cool, superstar Shane Warne is no more.
Life is very fragile, but this is very difficult to fathom. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans all around the world. pic.twitter.com/f7FUzZBaYX
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 4, 2022
Warne played domestic cricket in England for Hampshire, while his entire first-class domestic cricket in career in Australia was spent playing for his native Victoria.
He led Rajasthan Royals to the Indian Premier League title in 2008 and was appointed as the team’s mentor in 2018.
Unbelievable. I am shocked to the core. This can't be true…
— Sir Vivian Richards (@ivivianrichards) March 4, 2022
The world of sport paid tribute to Warne, with greats like Sir Viv Richards and Kumar Sangakkara amongst those expressing their shock and sadness. -skysports