Shane Warne: A legend to remember (Opinion)

Life is very fickle and unpredictable. Enjoy your each and every moment of the day to the fullest. We never know when someone leaves so soon or maybe later.

Shane Warne, following the news of the death of the great Rod Marsh offered condolences to Rod’s friends and family. While, he later himself found unresponsive, died of a heart attack in Thailand, according to sources. This is what we never know what life predicts next. However, his going soon left the entire world in awe and shock.

Born in 13 September 1969 in Victoria Australia, Keith Shane Warne is arguably known the greatest leggie to ever stepped onto the pitch. He had a fine grip on bowling googlies. Before being selected in national team, he served seven matches in the Sheffield Shield domestic club. He made his Test debut against India in June 1991-92 at Sydney. However, his international career counts a remarkable 708 Test wickets; second most Test wickets after Sri Lankan off-spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan. In his 194 ODI appearances, he picked up 293 wickets with an economy of 4.25.

Moreover, Warnie has also been selected by a panel of cricket experts as one of the five wisden cricketers of the century. He was not only unprecedented with the ball but also he had a pivotal role to play with the bat. He was a low-order batsman who scored more than 3,000 Test runs. Needed to say, his career was plagued by a few scandals as well, counting a twelve months ban from cricket after a drug case revealed against him during 2003 world cup in South Africa.

Besides serving Australian team, Warnie also played in leagues. He captained Rajasthan Royals in Indian Premier League (IPL) in the beginning addition. He led the Rajasthan to victory against Chennai in final. Warnie associated with Rajasthan further in four seasons. Moreover, he also played in Big Bash League (BBL) for Melbourne Stars (MS).

In fact, when Shane along Ricky were in Australian cricket team, there were not lows in the team. Truely not. Mainly highs of course. Shane Warne with the ball and Ricky Ponting with the bat were two prime figures who had a rich contribution in Australian cricket team. Their insane talent, forever will to win, and never giving up were something which inspired so many young cricketers. Truth be told, Shane was a superstar who transcended his sport and team loyalties.

In conclusion, today not only Australia deeply saddened but also entire cricketing world mourns on the demise of legend Warnie. In short, cricketing world is poorer without him. Among productive and convincing bowling geniuses he was elected as a bowler who bowled the ball of century. Shane was an exemplary victorian who represented Australia with pride and passion. However, his exquisite skills deserve to be prioritised. He was one of the biggest rivalries the cricket has ever witnessed. It takes decades to cricket now recover another man to turn the ball magically one end to the other. I as a fan of cricket will never get bored and tired of watching his highlights — in particular — those flippers.

Meraj Ghulam 

The writer is an intermediate student and doing a diploma in English at the School of Intensive Teaching, (SIT) Hub. He is based in Ballnigwar.

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