Shane Warne – When these names come to your mind, a rare picture of cricket emerges in front of you. Of a person who ruled the world of cricket like a king. Players player. Warne will be known to the world as the most successful leg-spinner or rather the most successful spinner in cricket history. Even though Muttiah Muralitharan has taken more wickets than him, no one stands ahead of him in terms of dominance and inspiration.
People also call Warne as the king of spin. Everyone knows that his understanding of cricket was very deep and he was attached to this game to the extent of passion. Despite this, he was never given the captain of the Australian Test team. It was said that being in the news outside the field was the biggest reason for this. Shane Warne was very sorry for not getting the captaincy of Australia but he never let it affect his game.
Cricket should indeed be thankful to the English county Hampshire who deemed it worthy of this honour. During this time Warne befriended Kevin Pietersen and he was so impressed with his game that he continued to put pressure on the England selectors to include Pietersen in the 2005 Ashes series. It will be called a strange coincidence that the most successful bowler of that series was Warne but due to Pietersen’s brilliant batting, Kangaroo could not win that series.
Warne’s relationship with India was also very interesting. His collision with Sachin Tendulkar in the nineties will remain one of the best memories of cricket history. After retiring, Lalit Modi managed to persuade him to play in the IPL.
The captaincy of Rajasthan Royals once again gave Warne an opportunity to show his other skills and understanding of cricket in front of the whole world. After a modest start, his team did not disappoint the fans. He may have been a big superstar in the eyes of the world, but the success of the Royals showed that no one is bigger than the team. Warne was an old school coach or mentor, who focused on talent rather than computers, performance rather than meetings. The success of Royals in IPL is a very memorable moment of his career.
Perhaps he also managed to prove that international cricket and Australia did not give a better captain a chance to show his ability. He may have regretted the opportunity that Warne did not get, but there was never any bitterness. Warne’s leadership was also an answer to many of the critics who believed that off-field incidents would disturb him in leading the young players.
The mantra of Shane Warne’s entire career remained the same. Things on the field and off the field are completely different personalities. Cricket has always looked up to Warne as a cricketer and the whole world probably noticed his colorful personality more.
Wisden, the most prestigious book of cricket, selected the 5 greatest players of the century, then Warne was the only player who represented the nineties. Sachin Tendulkar also did not find a place in this list. You can guess from this that what a figure Warne was in the history of cricket. Today Shane Warne is not among us, but wherever the cricket ground will be played, Warne’s leg spin will definitely be discussed. Not everyone can be a magical bowler like Warne but if one can take inspiration from his life.