Shane Warne, cricket’s finest leg-spinner and a colourful character, died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 52.
Warne was said to have died while on vacation in Thailand’s Koh Samui.
“Despite the best efforts of medical staff, Shane was found lifeless in his villa and he could not be revived,” Warne’s management said in a statement to Fox Sports, one of his employers.
Warne made his Test debut in 1992 and ended his career as the game’s greatest wicket-taker with 708 wickets (he has since been overtaken by Muttiah Muralitharan). He also won the World Cup and has 293 ODI wickets to his name.
Andrew Neophitou, Warne’s close friend and collaborator, tried unsuccessfully to revive him, according to the Herald Sun.
Neophitou worked on the recently released documentary SHANE as an executive producer.
Warne’s body was taken to the Thai International Hospital in Bangkok around 6:00 p.m. local time (1100 p.m. GMT) from Samujana Villas, a luxury resort in the northeast of Koh Samui, according to the staff at the Thai International Hospital in Bangkok.
According to Thai police, “no foul play was suspected at the spot based on our investigation.”
- His Illustrious Career
In Test cricket, he claimed three hat-tricks, 3154 runs with the bat in the longest format of the game, 125 red-ball catches and became the whites’ fastest bowler to achieve 200 wickets. He accomplished the last feat in just 1440 days, a remarkable statistic that set him apart from his peers.
He struck out 102 hitters for zero runs, an incredible performance for a mortal. Whereas most players struggle to take a single wicket in the Ashes these days, he has an incredible 195 wickets in the world’s most tumultuous and infamous rivalry.
He was well-known for more than simply his ability to take wickets. His bowling was so tight that hitters had to go into retreat mode until they were absolutely certain they could open their arms. In the sport’s longest format, he amassed 1761 maiden overs.
Shane Warne also has the second-highest number of fifers in the sport’s longest format, with 37. During his international career, he won 17 man-of-the-match accolades.
Despite his name appearing on the front page of the newspaper, not just the back, Warne always managed to compartmentalise his cricket.
He collected 20 wickets at an average of 18.05 in the 1999 Cricket World Cup, including 4-33 in the final against Pakistan, and was voted player-of-the-match.
It was Warne’s final World Cup appearance, as he was suspended for a year on the eve of the 2003 event after being found guilty of using a banned diuretic.
He had the look and mentality of an aggressive quick, with his dyed blonde hair, stud ear-ring, and readiness to sledge or verbally harass opposition batsmen.
True, leg-spinning all-rounder Richie Benaud, a former Australia captain, was a bit of a ‘pin-up’ in the 1950s and 1960s, with his shirt unbuttoned to the waist.
However, this was back when newsreels and black-and-white television were still popular. Benaud was far more well-known as a television broadcaster than a cricketer by the time Warne was immortalised in bright colour.