Shane Warne is one of the greatest wrist spinners to have played for Australia who was born on this day in 1969. When it comes to Test cricket, Shane Warne is the absolute GOAT in Australian history. Warne has taken 708 wickets in Test cricket in 145 matches at a miserly economy rate of 2.65. He had a bowling strike rate of 57.4 in the longest format of the game.
Warne was a big-hearted player and brought his best for the Kangaroos. His biggest moment came in an Ashes Test match when he bowled an absolute cracker jacker to Mike Gatting. The bowl spun from leg-stump to off-stump and Mike Gatting had no idea about what to do off that delivery.
Warne was also very good in ODI cricket. The spin great had shown his worth in coloured clothing as well as he took 293 wickets in 194 matches at an economy rate of 4.25. Warne was a pivotal member of the 1999 cricket World Cup. Warne had the ability to get on top of any opposition no matter what the state of the game.
Shane Warne represented Rajasthan Royals for three seasons in the Indian Premier League
Warne had an unfortunate demise on March 4 when he was holidaying in Thailand. Warne has had a great legacy in the game and he will forever be remembered for his exploits on the cricket field. A big statue at the MCG was built as a tribute to the wrist spinner who charmed a lot of people with his craft.
Warne also played three seasons in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Rajasthan Royals (RR). In 2008 barring some very experienced international players, RR was a young side. The team had to also pay a fine for not spending their full purse in the IPL auction in 2008. The inaugural IPL Champions were at the bottom of the table during that season at one point.
From there Warne turned the likes of Ravindra Jadeja, Dheeraj Patel and Yusuf Pathan into stars to watch out for. The Man from Baroda had a breakthrough season and helped RR to qualify for the final against Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Warne used some shrewd tactics as RR won a thrilling final at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai.
Let us take a look at the reactions on Twitter:
“The public want to see people play an exciting brand of cricket.”
— Nathan Francis (@NathanFrancis__) September 12, 2023
Remembering the Wizard of Oz on his 54th birth anniversary.
He is no longer with us but his legacy and memories live on.
— Ankit Kumar Singh (@skywalkerhuss) September 12, 2023
A sad day for cricket followers around the world. Today would have been the great Shane Warne’s 54th birthday. Taken way too soon. Let’s reflect and celebrate another magic moment in an incomparable career. The unlucky player here is New Zealand’s Bryan Young in 1993. #shanewarne pic.twitter.com/jgsz7qoBs9
— From Ashes to Archive (@ashestoarchive) September 12, 2023
— Materialistic Monk (@Voiceof_V) September 13, 2023
In our childhood whenever anyone tried to roll his arms like a bowler the first name that occurred and discussed was “Shane Warne Banna hai” this was his legacy. Such charisma and impact he created across the world.
— Abhi aks (@abhiaks9231) September 13, 2023
— SHRIKANT ef (@shrikantd31) September 13, 2023
— Tanya Gupta (@Quirky_30) September 13, 2023
Remembering the legend on his birth anniversary today!
His mastery with the ball and his impact on the game was immeasurable.
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) September 13, 2023
The great Shane Warne would have been 54 today. Genius, maverick & an amazing reader of the game.
In his words, part of the art of spin bowling is to make the batsman think something special is happening when it isn’t. pic.twitter.com/GPLRZdrc1W
— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) September 13, 2023
Celebrating the legend on his birthday today!
Shane Warne’s magic on the cricket field was beyond words.
He’s a spin wizard whose legacy will never fade. @ShaneWarne 😇#HappyBirthdayShaneWarne pic.twitter.com/U6GqzqV9Ma
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) September 13, 2023