“And he has done it, he started off with the most beautiful ..”
“You wouldn’t believe it. He’s done him between his legs”
These are just a glimpse of the words on the man who made leg-spin bowling sexy again in the 1990s. Walking down slow and smooth, with merely 8-10 steps into his action, fizzing through the hands and wrists with such accuracy and control over the turn, he has done so many miracles that others can’t do/think of with more power and quick strides.
That ball which pitched outside the leg, only to gloriously cut in and rattle the off and middle stumps, it was nothing sort of a magic and that’s the reason why it was named “Ball of the Century” and will remain one ever.
He was the magician with a ball in his hand. Shane Warne is, without doubt, the finest leg spinner the world has ever seen who revived the art of dying leg spin at the time when world was dominated by the fast bowlers and technically great batsman’s.
With a googly , slider or a flipper he always keep on improvised the art and creating difficulties for the batsman.
Outside the Indian subcontinent where pitches suited fast bowling and spinners rarely got help from the track , he breathed new life into the cricket and probably the reason why he is called all time greatest of the game.
Probably everyone, who grown up watching him , must had tried to imitate his bowling action. He inspired the generations of leg spinners across the globe to choose it as a career( I am one of them) and keep the legacy alive.
The God of cricket , Sachin Tendulkar himself admit that the only particular bowler for whom he had ever practice is Shane Warne.
“I had practiced playing Warne round the wicket because nobody had till then attacked. If somebody wanted to ball negative then the bowler would just come and bowl dot balls. But Warne was actually bowling to pick wickets.” Tendulkar spent four days in the nets.
In the Ashes series, 2005 , what many experts believe was one of the greatest cricket series of all time , Warne picked up 40 wickets, despite being on the losing side as England beat Australia 2-1.
He may have departed but his legacy will live on. It will live on through the stories fans and cricketers will exchange. The joy of watching you will never be fade away.
Thank you Warney !!!
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