India, Sri Lanka cricketers were black armbands, minute silence in memory of Shane Warne

Players from India and Sri Lanka observed a minute’s silence on Day 2 of the first Test in Mohali and wore black armbands to commemorate former Australian cricketers Shane Warne and Rod Marsh who passed away on Friday.

“A minute’s silence was observed before play began on the second day of the first Test for Rodney Marsh and Shane Warne, who passed away yesterday. The Indian cricket team will also wear black armbands today,” BCCI tweeted.

Warne’s sudden death on Friday brought out a wave of sadness from cricket fans around the world.

Warne made a stunning Test debut against India in Sydney in 1992 but quickly rose to become a key figure in all formats in one of the greatest sustained periods of dominance by any team in world cricket.

He had amassed career numbers of 1/335 when asked to bowl during the second innings of his third Test against Sri Lanka in 1992 and he finished the match by taking three wickets without conceding a run in 13 deliveries secure an unlikely, narrow victory.

Warne often got the ball when Australia were in trouble or desperate for a wicket, and as often he was able to turn games with an intriguing bowling spell.

He wrote himself into folklore when he delivered the “ball of the century” with his first pitch on the 1993 Ashes tour, bowling Mike Gatting with a delivery that turned well outside the leg stump to bail shorten

“It’s one of those wonderful highlights of the game,” Gatting said in 2018.

“One of those pieces of history that not only belongs to me, but to probably the best legspinner of all time.”

Warne was known for his life both off and on the field.

Career highlights included two consecutive Player of the Match awards in the semifinals and finals of the 1999 Cricket World Cup when he was included in the Five Cricket Players of the Twentieth Century by Wisden, colloquially known as the bible of sport. and being part of five Ashes-winning teams against England. He also played in 194 one-day internationals.

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