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Reaction to the death of Australian great Shane Warne

FOLLOWING are reactions to the death of Australian Shane Warne, one of the finest leg-spin bowlers of all time.

Warne’s death came hours after another former Australian cricket great, wicket-keeper Rod Marsh died.

CRICKET AUSTRALIA CEO NICK HOCKLEY

“Shane was one of the most talented and charismatic cricketers we have ever witnessed. He loved cricket, had an extraordinarily astute understanding of the game and his influence and legacy will last for as long as it is played.”

AUSTRALIA CAPTAIN PAT CUMMINS

“Shane was a once-in-a-century cricketer and his achievements will stand for all time, but apart from the wickets he took and the games he helped Australia win, what he did was draw so many people to the sport.

“So many of us in the playing group grew up idolising him and fell in love with this great sport as a result, while many of our support staff either played with him or against him.

“It has been a terrible couple of days for Australian cricket with the passing of Rod Marsh and now Shane.”

INDIA GREAT SACHIN TENDULKAR

“Will miss you Warnie. There was never a dull moment with you around, on or off the field. Will always treasure our on field duels & off field banter. You always had a special place for India & Indians had a special place for you.

“Gone too young!”

EX-AUSTRALIA WICKETKEEPER ADAM GILCHRIST

“Numb. The highlight of my cricketing career was to keep wicket to Warnie. Best seat in the house to watch the maestro at work.”

WEST INDIES GREAT BRIAN LARA

“I literally don’t know how to sum up this situation. My friend is gone!! We have lost one of the greatest sportsmen of all time!”

INDIA BATSMAN VIRAT KOHLI

“Life is so fickle and unpredictable. I cannot process the passing of this great of our sport and also a person I got to know off the field. RIP #goat. Greatest to turn the cricket ball.”

AUSTRALIA BATSMAN DAVID WARNER

“Two legends of our game have left us too soon. I’m lost for words, and this is extremely sad. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Marsh and Warne family. I just cannot believe it.”

FORMER SOUTH AFRICA ALL-ROUNDER JACQUES KALLIS

“He was one of the greatest competitors. Played hard on field and was one of the first to have a beer with you after. Was always a pleasure and challenge playing against him. More importantly loved his kids endlessly. One of crickets greats.”

INDIAN CRICKET BOARD

“The global cricketing community is poorer today with the passing away of Australian great Shane Warne. The BCCI mourns the loss of the champion cricketer who enriched the game with his craft.”

ENGLAND CRICKET TEAM

“One of the greatest of all-time. A legend. A genius. You changed cricket.”

FORMER PAKISTAN CAPTAIN SHAHID AFRIDI

“The game of cricket has lost what I consider a university of leg-spin bowling today. I was inspired by his bowling from the start of my career and it was always a privilege to play against him.”

FORMER PAKISTAN CAPTAIN WASIM AKRAM

“I am shocked and extremely sad to hear about the sudden death of my friend Warnie… he has always been in touch and always helpful… apart from an iconic bowler he was a great entertainer.”

PAKISTAN BOWLER SHADAB KHAN

“To the greatest legspinner of all time = Shane Warne. The reason I started bowling legspin. Rest in power. There will be none like you. Few people have the power to inspire generations, you are the reason so many of us started bowling legspin.”

FORMER INDIA BATSMAN VIRENDER SEHWAG

“One of the greatest spinners, the man who made spin cool, superstar Shane Warne is no more. Life is very fragile, but this is very difficult to fathom.”

WEST INDIES GREAT VIV RICHARDS

“Unbelievable. I am shocked to the core. This can’t be true… There are no words to describe what I feel right now. A huge loss for cricket.”

INDIA CAPTAIN ROHIT SHARMA

“I’m truly lost for words here, this is extremely sad. An absolute legend and champion of our game has left us.”

PAKISTAN CAPTAIN BABAR AZAM

“Find it hard to believe. Such a devastating loss for the cricket world. He literally inspired generations with his magical leg spin. You’ll forever be missed.”

FORMER PAKISTAN HEAD COACH WAQAR YOUNIS

“I’m shocked and shattered. Simply can’t believe I’m hearing this. Very very sad day for our cricket community. The biggest superstar of my generation gone.”

FORMER ENGLAND BATSMAN IAN BELL

“There are no words. A hero growing up and the greatest player I ever played against. I can’t believe it.”

By The African Mirror

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