Will ensure Shane Warne is never forgotten, says Rajasthan Royals Lead Owner Badale
Rajasthan Royals Lead Owner Manoj Badale paid tribute to their Indian Premier League (IPL) winning captain, saying that the franchise will make sure the renowned spinner is never forgotten.
Shane Warne died after a suspected heart attack on Friday at the age of 52.
“Everyone associated with the Rajasthan Royals still shocked and devastated. Our first thoughts are for his family, who he cherished so dearly. We will ensure that he never forgotten, and that his millions of fans in India get an opportunity to pay their respects,” said Badale in an official statement.
“Shane Warne was the first Royal. Our first captain. Our first family member. And Our first champion. He provided so many memories on and off the pitch. And he shaped the values of the RR franchise. He co-created the Royals. And he helped transform the story of the Indian Premier League (IPL),” he added.
“He positively impacted the careers of so many – launching Ravindra Jadeja and Ajinkya Rahane, re-energising the careers of Shane Watson and Jos Buttler, working with Rahul Dravid and Graeme Smith, and helping so many young cricketers play at, and often, above their potential. This was his unique ‘gift’,” said Badale.
“He leaves an astonishing legacy. Wonderful memories shared with family and friends, who have so impacted by him. A wonderful charitable foundation that has changed the lives of thousands of kids. And the title of ‘the greatest ever leg-spinner’ in the second most popular sport in the world. However, he inspired us all with his humour and passion for life,” he added.
Warne regarded as one of the greatest cricketers of all time. When he first came to prominence in the early 1990s, he almost single-handedly revolutionised leg-spin bowling, and by the time he retired from international cricket in 2007, he had been the first bowler to reach 700 Test wickets.
Shane named one of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack’s Five Cricketers of the Twentieth Century for his contributions to Australia’s ICC Cricket World Cup success in 1999, when he named player of the match in both the semi-final and final.
Shane concluded his international career with 708 Test wickets and 293 One-Day International wickets, putting him in second place behind his great friend and competitor Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka in terms of all-time international wicket-takers (1,347). Also Shane led Australia to ten wins and a single loss in 11 One-Day Internationals.