We have always known Australian players for their aggression. They have been the kings of cricket for a long time. Producing the world-class legends be it with the ball or bat, they have never failed to amuse us. Just in the morning, we heard the passing away of Australian Wicketkeeper Rode Marsh and grief hit the world. The evening struck with a strong blow of sudden passing of another Australian Legend, The Shane Warne. Adios Mate! Thank you for giving cricket some of the best moments that we will continue to cherish.
The wicketkeeper Legend: Rod Marsh
To be a legend, it takes time to become one. Rod Marsh played for Australia as a wicketkeeper batter from 1970 to 1984. He played 96 tests, which included 3633 runs. He had the most dismissal of the test cricket in his times, which was 355. He played 92 ODIs and had scored 1225 with 124 dismissals. He died at 74. The Australian Skipper Pat Cummins spoke highly of him, “Rod was a colossal figure in Australian cricket who gave close to 50 years of incredible service to Australian cricket, from his debut in the Ashes series of 1970/71, through to his time as National Selector, when many of the current group of Australian men’s players came into close contact with him.”
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The Spinning Legend
Shane Warne was one of the prolific Australian bowlers Australia has ever produced. His sudden death is a blow to Australian cricket and the cricketing world overall. He has been an inspiration too many young bowlers.
Known for reviving the art of leg spinners, he was ruthless with his opponent, not sparing them a moment. The opponent was fearful in his presence and prayed to get past him. As he himself has said in his biography, No Spin: My Autobiography, “Few batsmen, if any, truly know what I do.” The crowd loved him for his bowling action, making the headlines.
His career has spanned over 15 years. He debut in 1992. He was amongst the five great players of the 20th century. He had:
- 708 wickets in 145 Tests
- 293 wickets from 194 ODIs
The cricket fraternity across the world shared their shock at his sad demise.
Forever in our hearts. Shane Warne played at the Pindi Cricket Stadium in 1994. #BoysReadyHain l #PAKvAUS pic.twitter.com/CovHAZATcd
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) March 5, 2022
Find it hard to believe. Such a devastating loss for the cricket world. He literally inspired generations with his magical leg spin. You'll forever be missed #ShaneWarne. My heart and prayers goes to his family, friends, and fans. #legend pic.twitter.com/pigrD785gC
— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) March 4, 2022
Unbelievable. I am shocked to the core. This can't be true…
Rest In Peace, @ShaneWarne. There are no words to describe what I feel right now. A huge loss for cricket. pic.twitter.com/uZdEdNz0x9
— Sir Vivian Richards (@ivivianrichards) March 4, 2022
Can’t believe it! Extremely sad on Shane Warne’s departure. Was a true legend of the game and an inspiration to many cricketers around the globe.
RIP 🙏🙏😢💔💔 pic.twitter.com/xnPXYpMNuW
— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) March 4, 2022
"His legacy will be the thousands and thousands of children around the world that want to bowl like Warnie”
The tributes flow as cricket legends remember Shane Warne 🙏 pic.twitter.com/CgvkHTRrB8
— ICC (@ICC) March 5, 2022
A moment of silence and black armbands in memory of two legends of Australian cricket – Shane Warne and Rod Marsh ❤️pic.twitter.com/RlEQFjsN4P
— Australian Women's Cricket Team 🏏 (@AusWomenCricket) March 5, 2022
One of the greatest of all-time.
A legend. A genius.
You changed Cricket.
RIP Shane Warne ❤️ pic.twitter.com/YX91zmssoT
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) March 4, 2022
I am numb!!! My hero, my mentor, my great friend, Shane Warne is no longer with us. Warnie, the impact you had on this great game and everyone around it is immeasurable. Thank you for being so bloody good to me. I am going to miss you so much. Rest In Peace SK 💔💔
— Shane Watson (@ShaneRWatson33) March 4, 2022
His legacy will continue to inspire the young cricketers in the days to come. The impact he has had on cricket will remain so.
Thank you for providing the cricket with your beautiful performances. You will stay in our hearts. Goodbye Shane Warne!!! We will miss you.