Shane Warne recently passed away from a suspected heart attack in Thailand.© Twitter
Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting has confessed to Shane Warne’s untimely passing and says it is now his duty to pass on the legendary spinner’s teachings to the younger generation. Warne had died of a suspected heart attack on Friday at the age of 52. “He was a teacher through his commentary and I’ve seen hundreds of photos in the last 24 hours of all the spinners he worked with. He helped Steve Smith in his younger days and Rashid Khan caught up with him – imagine the conversations they would have had. So I feel like it’s up to me now when I get a chance to just let the world know what he was like and pass on some of the things I learned from him,” Ponting said on the ‘ICC Review'”.
“I woke up nice and early. I was getting the kids ready to go to netball and Rianna (Ponting’s wife) looked at her phone and told me the news about Warney. I grabbed the phone from her hand to reach for it. I couldn’t believe it and it’s still the same now. It was so raw to me that I couldn’t really speak and every time I thought about him and our experiences and our journey together, I was short of words.” he added.
When asked what he would really like to say to Warne, Ponting said, “I would say how much I love him. I didn’t say that to him and I wish I did.”
Ponting also reflected on the special memories he had of Warne, who admitted to being impressed by some of the leg spinner’s friends, while also paying tribute to the type of man he was.
“When you spent a day with him, it was great to see some names flashing on his cell phone. It was rare for Warney to sit at home alone. He would always try to find time for his friends and his family and that was one of his great strengths,” Ponting said.
“The more people talk about Shane, it’s obvious how loyal he was to family and friends and how much loved he was. He had the energy that drew you to him and that’s a quality not many people have.” people have,” he added.
Warne was one of the most influential cricketers in history. He almost single-handedly reinvented the art of leg spin when he emerged on the international scene in the early 1990s, and by the time he retired from international cricket in 2007, he was the first bowler to reached 700 test wickets.
Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, a central figure in Australia’s 1999 ICC Cricket World Cup triumph when he was player of the match in both the semi-finals and finals, acknowledged Shane’s achievements by naming him one of five cricketers of the twentieth century.
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