Bengaluru, March 4: Shane Keith Warne, an Australian cricketer who captained the Australian national team in One Day Internationals (ODI) passed away of a suspected cardiac arrest in Thailand.
Mr. Warne, a spin legend was born on September 13, 1969. He was 52.
According to Warne’s management company in a brief statement released on Friday to Australian media confirmed that he passed away in Koh Samui, Thailand, of a suspected heart attack.
“Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived,” Warne’s management is said to have confirmed in a statement.
He is widely considered as one of the greatest bowlers in cricket history.
Warne played his first Test match in 1992 and took over 1,000 international wickets (in Tests and One-Day Internationals), second to this milestone after Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan. Warne’s 708 Test wickets was the record for the most wickets taken by any bowler in Test cricket until it was broken by Muralitharan on 3 December 2007.
A useful lower-order batsman, Warne is also the only player to have scored more than 3,000 Test runs without a career century.
Warne was named one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in the 1994 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. He was the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World in 1997 (Notional Winner).
He is long format test cricket’s second most prolific wicket-taker followed by Srilankn cricketer Muralitharan.
He was banned from the sport in 2003 for testing positive for a prohibited substance.