Cricket World Pay Tribute to Shane Warne

You may like him or dislike him, but he was never out of the news for as long as he played, and in bursts of activity even after he retired. The chubby man from Victoria, Australia, led a dramatic life, often comparing his life to a soap opera. Warne was always in the news for something, whether it was his exquisite leg-breaks to women or his use of mysterious pills to bookmakers.

But he is best known for his achievements on the field. Who can forget how he fooled Mike Gatting in 1993 with an unplayable delivery that pitched outside the leg stump to shatter the off-stump? Or how about his brilliant comeback from a 12-month hiatus in 2004 to take three Sri Lankan wickets in three Tests? Or how about the 2005 world record of 96 Test wickets?

Shane Warne, one of the greatest spinners in cricket history, died on Friday in Thailand. He was discovered unresponsive in his villa and was unable to be revived. It was a double blow for Australia, as wicket-keeper legend Rodney Marsh died earlier in the day, and Warne had tweeted his condolences to his senior. This was one of the black days for the cricket world as two legends left the world. The whole cricket world was shocked to hear this sad news and paid tribute to Shane Warne.