Veteran spinner Shane Warne remembered at MCG
Completed 700 Test wickets in Melbourne Ground itself
new Delhi. About 29 years ago, the Australian team went to England to play the Ashes series. The first Test match was being played on 3 June 1993 at the Old Trafford ground. The Kangaroo team was reduced to 289 runs in the first innings. The team came to bowl on June 4. A player of this team was playing his 12th Test and this was the first Ashes match of his career. When this player held the ball in his hand, Mike Atherton was out and there were veterans Graham Gooch and Mike Gatting at the crease. The young player bowled his first ball in the Ashes series and Mike Gatting was stunned. Everyone including Gatting or Graham Gooch was surprised to see this ball. The ball lying outside the leg stump had uprooted the off stump of the batsman. This ball was considered as the ‘Ball of the Century’. The beginning of Shane Warne, who gave a new dimension to spin bowling, was something like this.
In the Boxing Day Test being played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground between Australia and South Africa, once again the memories of Shane Warne, who revived the art of leg spin bowling in the minds of the people, became fresh. In fact, for the first time after Warne’s death in March, the Boxing Day Test match is being played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Warne took his 700th Test wicket on this ground. In the match, the Australian players landed wearing the same cap as Warne used to wear. Glimpses of Warne’s matches were also shown on the screen before the start of the match, seeing which the Australian players became emotional. When the field clock struck 3:50, all the spectators sitting in the stands stood up and took off their caps like Shane Warne and started waving them in the air. During this, many people were also seen crying. Cricket Australia has planned a series of events to commemorate Warne’s life and career during the Boxing Day Test.
A beautiful tribute to the great Shane Warne to kick off the Boxing Day test.
— News Cricket (@NewsCorpCricket) December 25, 2022
FIRST PUBLISHED : December 26, 2022, 16:50 IST