“Unbelievably sad day for cricket” – Twitterati mourns as Australian cricket icon Shane Warne passes away at 52

Shane Warne made his Test debut against India at Sydney and played his final Test at the same venue during the Ashes series in 2007.

Shane Warne
Shane Warne

Legendary Australian cricketer and one of the greatest spinners of all time, Shane Warne, died on Friday. Warne’s management released a brief statement, mentioning the 52-year-old suffered a heart attack in Thailand.

“Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived,” the statement reads.

“The family requests privacy at this time and will provide further details in due course.”

This devastating news is the second blow for Australian cricket within 24 hours with fellow great, Rod Marsh, also dying on Friday having suffered a major heart attack last week. Notably, the veteran leg-spinner has also tweeted on Marsh’s demise just 12 hours before his death.

Warne played 145 Tests and 194 One Day Internationals (ODIs) between 1992 and 2007. The spinning maestro took a combined 1001 wickets during his stellar international career.

Twitter reactions to Shane Warne’s death

Soon after the unfortunate news of Shane Warne’s death came out, the entire cricket fraternity was left in utter shock. Many of them even took to their social media handles to express their grief and here are some of the top tweets:

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