Australia’s spin great Shane Warne would have celebrated his 53rd birthday on September 13, 2022. Unfortunately, he left us too soon as he was found dead in a hotel room on Thailand’s Koi Samui Island on a vacation in March this year.
The official cause of his demise was a heart attack and he received a state funeral back home in Australia and the Great Southern Stand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) was named after him.
Warne had a knack for changing the complexion of the game in a span of two-three balls, and this is the biggest reason, he is regarded as the best spinner to ever play the game by some cricket fans. He was amongst the five cricketers of the 20th century as well.
Warne played for Australia from 1992-2007 picking 293 wickets in 194 ODIs and 708 scalps in 145 Test matches. He was the first bowler to 700 Test wickets, a record that was later surpassed by Muttiah Muralitharan, who finished with 800 Test wickets.
On the occasion of Warne's 53rd birthday, a post was made from his Twitter handle and it has instantly gone viral.
"A legacy gives you a perspective on what's important. It is about the richness of an individual's life, including what they accomplished and the impact they had on people and places. Shane's Legacy will live on. Happy birthday - always in our hearts," read the post.
After retiring from international cricket, Warne continued to play cricket for a couple of years in IPL and BBL. He led the Rajasthan Royals to the IPL 2008 win and continued to be associated with them as a mentor. He also played for Melbourne Stars in an initial couple of seasons of the Big Bash League.