The political brotherhood’s condolences to legendary Australian weirdo Shane Warne, who died on Friday aged 52 of a suspected heart attack.
Warne is considered one of the greatest bowlers in the history of the sport, having been a staple of Australia’s dominant teams in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Sport Anurag Thakur, former Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah and several other leaders offered their condolences on the cricketer’s death.
Union Minister Piyush Goyal declared that cricket had lost one of its greatest icons and said Warne had upset a generation of cricket lovers around the world with his shoot.
“He has upset a generation of cricket lovers around the world with his spin. Cricket has lost one of its greatest icons. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. Well played #ShaneWarne. Rest In Peace!” Goyal tweeted.
Union Minister Anurag Thakur called Warne a legend who spun magic on the pitch, writing on Twitter: “Sad to see the death of the ‘King of Spin’ Shane Warne. A legend who spun magic on the field and won admirers in the world of cricket. He will live on through moments that are burned into our memories. He was one of the greats of our time.”
Warne was at a villa in Thailand when doctors tried unsuccessfully to revive him.
“Sad to hear the news of the death of legendary cricketer and legendary spinner Shane Warne. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace,” Gadkari wrote on Twitter.
Abdullah called Warne an “absolute legend” and said it was tragic to lose someone at such a relatively young age.
Shocking news and so tragic to lose someone at such a relatively young age. The man was an absolute legend. Rest in Peace & God’s Blessings #ShaneWarn https://t.co/yhi5dqBeGS
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) March 4, 2022
Ironically, as recently as Friday morning, Warne had offered his condolences to the family of another legendary Australian cricketer, Rod Marsh, who passed away on Thursday.
Shocked at the sudden death of the Australian spin legend #ShaneWarn. Can’t avoid but say ‘Gone too soon’. I send my deepest condolences to his family, fans and cricket fraternity as they mourn the loss of a true genius. pic.twitter.com/SaFr8ZwSSH
— MKStalin (@mkstalin) March 4, 2022
Very saddened by the untimely death of Australian cricket icon Shane Warne. He was one of the greatest cricketers. We will remember his contribution. My sincere condolences. My thoughts and prayers with his family members, fans and followers.#ShaneWarn pic.twitter.com/vowt8C1RsO
— Supriya Sule (@supriya_sule) March 4, 2022
One of the greatest cricketers of all time, Warne has won 708 wickets in 145 Tests. His career spanned 15 years, from 1992 to 2007. He also became world champion with Australia in 1999.
READ: Legendary Australian cricketer Shane Warne has died aged 52. RIP Spin King, says Twitter