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Cricket response to the death of Australian Shane Warne

FILE PHOTO: Australia's Warne shoots against England's Hoggard during the second Ashes Test in Birmingham.
FILE PHOTO: Australia’s Shane Warne bowls against England’s Matthew Hoggard during the first day of the second Ashes Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham, central England August 4, 2005. REUTERS/Ian Hodgson

March 4, 2022

(Reuters) – Following are reactions to the death of Australian Shane Warne, one of the greatest leg-spin bowlers of all time.

Warne’s death aged 52 came hours after another former Australian cricketer and former wicketkeeper Rod Marsh died aged 74.

NICK HOCKLEY, CEO of CRICKET AUSTRALIA

“Shane was one of the most talented and charismatic cricketers we have ever seen. He loved cricket, had an exceptionally keen understanding of the game and his influence and legacy will live on for as long as it is played.”

AUSTRALIA CAPTAIN PAT CUMMINS

“Shane was a cricketer of the century and his achievements will live on for all time, but apart from the wickets he won and the games he helped Australia win, he attracted so many people to the sport.

“So many of us in the playgroup grew up with him and fell in love with this amazing sport as a result, while many of our coaches either played with him or against him.

“It’s been a terrible couple of days for Australian cricket with the deaths of Rod Marsh and now Shane.”

ICC CHIEF EXECUTIVE GEOFF ALLARDICE

“He was a true legend of the game who changed the landscape of cricket by reviving the art of the leg spin.

“His larger than life personality, exceptional skills and immense cricket intellect ensured fans were glued to their seats whenever he was involved in a match.

“He has also built a successful career in the commentary box, where his insightful and outspoken views of the game have made him one of the broadcasters’ first choice commentators in most cricket countries.”

MARYLEBONE CRICKET CLUB

“MCC is deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Honorary Life Member and Member of the World Cricket Committee, Shane Warne. Shane was one of the best cricketers to ever play that game.”

THE FOUNDER OF INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE LALIT MODI

“I am completely shocked, we spoke yesterday. You were my pillar and strength that made me build IPL.

“I am absolutely devastated and I pray that God will give his family all the strength to cope with this tremendous loss. I will really miss him. May your soul rest in peace my brother.”

RAJASTHAN ROYALS, THE IPL TEAM HELD WARNE TO THE TITLE IN 2008

“Shane Warne. The name stands for magic. Our first royal; A man who made us believe the impossible is just a myth. A leader who walked the path, talked, and turned underdogs into champions. A mentor who turned everything he touched into gold.

“Words fail us to express how we really feel at the moment, but what we do know is that the world is poorer today as it will now exist without his smile, his brilliance and his outlook on life at its fullest.

“We are heartbroken, as are millions of cricket fans around the world. Warnie, you will forever be our captain, leader, royal. Rest in peace legend.”

INDIA BIG SACHIN TENDULKAR

“I’ll miss you Warnie. There was never a dull moment with you, on or off the court. We will always cherish our on-field duels and off-field banter. You always had a special place for India & Indians had a special place for you.

“Gone too young!”

WICKETENDER FROM AUSTRALIA ADAM GILCHRIST

“Deaf. The pinnacle of my cricket career was keeping the wicket to Warnie. Best seat in the house to watch the Maestro at work.”

WEST INDIES GREAT BRIAN LARA

“I literally don’t know how to summarize this situation. My friend is gone!! We lost one of the greatest athletes of all time!”

INDIA BATSMAN VIRAT KOHLI

“Life is so volatile and unpredictable. I cannot process the death of this greatness of our sport and also of a person I met off the pitch. RIP #goat. Greatest to spin the cricket ball.”

AUSTRALIA BATSMAN DAVID WARNER

“Two legends of our game left us way too soon. I am at a loss for words and that is very sad. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Marsh and Warne family. I just can’t believe it.”

FORMER SOUTH AFRICA ALL-ROUNDER JACQUES KALLIS

“He was one of the biggest competitors. Played hard on the field and was one of the first to have a beer with you afterwards. It was always a pleasure and a challenge to play against him. More importantly, he loved his children infinitely. One of the greats of cricket.”

INDIAN CRICKET BOARD (BCCI)

“The global cricket community is left poorer today by the death of Australia great Shane Warne. The BCCI mourns the loss of the cricket champion who brought his craft to the game.”

ENGLAND CAPTAIN JOE ROOT

“My experience with Shane was someone who also loved the game of cricket. He was always a pleasure to be around and he gave so much energy to the sport.

“He was a huge idol of mine as a kid. Someone to emulate, how he could win a game on his own, his skill was incredible. Having had the opportunity to get to know him a little, was deeply saddened to hear the news.”

FORMER PAKISTANI CAPTAIN SHAHID AFRIDI

“The game of cricket lost what I now consider the university of leg spin bowling. I was inspired by his bowling from the start of my career and it was always a privilege to play against him.”

PAKISTAN BOWLER SHADAB KHAN

“To the greatest legspinner of all time = Shane Warne. The reason I started bowling legspin. rest in power. There will be nobody like you. Few people have the power to inspire generations, you are the reason so many of us started bowling legspin.”

FORMER INDIA BATSMAN VIRENDER SEHWAG

“Superstar Shane Warne, one of the biggest crackpots, the man who made spin cool is gone. Life is very fragile, but that is very difficult to fathom.”

WEST INDIES GREAT VIV RICHARDS

“Can’t believe it. I’m shaken to the core. This can’t be true… There are no words to describe what I’m feeling right now. A great loss for cricket.”

INDIA CAPTAIN ROHIT SHARMA

“I’m really at a loss for words here, it’s extremely sad. An absolute legend and champion of our game has left us.”

PAKISTAN CAPTAIN BABAR AZAM

“Hard to believe. Such a devastating loss to the cricket world. He has literally inspired generations with his magical leg spin. You will be missed forever.”

(Compiled by Manasi Pathak and Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge/Toby Davis/Ken Ferris)

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