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Shane Warne

By: Rex Inego | May 15, 2009 10:58 AM

Shane Warne : The Legendary Spinner

There is no need to introduce The King of SpinӔ! Shane Keith Warne, popularly known as Warnie, is one of the finest leg spinners in the International Cricket history. The shrewd leggies of this Australian spin maestro was a nightmare for most of the batsmen. His spin magic was the best enjoyed trick for many cricket savvies! He has enjoyed a booming popularity(notoriety?), which was acquired through a terrific career in terms of achievements.

Born on 13th September 1969, this Aussie baron was media-centric, and made his first class dbut for Victoria on February 15th 1991. It was not an impressive start in his maiden matches with 0/61 and 1/41 against Western Australia. There started the saga of a charismatic master spinner! His test dbut was not much eventful like Ravi Shastri or young Sachin Tendulkar, feasted on his innocuous looking leg breaks, the hero managed a phoenix of a return later on with the wizardry of leg spin.

For two decades, from early seventies(1970) to early nineties(1990), fast bowling was the most dominating technique in International Cricket. It was Warney who changed the fast bowling trend with his unique 驓spin magic. Pitch was never a bothering factor for Warne; with the wide variation of deliveries and consistent precision the batsmen remained absolutely clueless. Shane Warne was included in Five Wisden Cricketers Of The Century by a jury of cricket experts in 2000. He was the only bowler and active cricketer among the quintet connoisseurs at that point of time.

Some of us will be still relishing Warnie's aggressive performance in the Ashes Series. The inexperience of the English players against the spin bowling was highly beneficial to Warnie in Ashes Series. Gatting Ball, still remembered as the ԓBall Of The Century by die-hard cricket fans, was one of the best instance of the high vulnerability of English cricketers to this legendary bowler. However Warne had a tough time with Sachin Tendulkar, the master-blaster from India who upped his bowling average from 26 to 47.18 once. Although many of the contemporary off-spinner rivals of Warne like Muttiah Muralitharan also faced the same hassle in Indian Test Series', they managed to maintain the bowling average in 30s.

Warne is much vaunted for his one-day cricket performances. Warnie has also proved his leadership skills by captaining the Aussie Team to victory in many of the one-day international tests. He was also an instrumental for winning the World cup in 1999. In the course of his sparkling career, Warne won the tag of being the second cricketer to take 500 test wickets, the first being Courtney Walsh. In the year 2005, he became the first veteran bowler with 600 test wickets to his credit.

Shane Warne was an exuberant slip fielder too. He was ranked seventh among the players who took most number of catches in the test cricket. He also bagged the honour of being the first cricketer to touch the milestone of 700 wickets. All the 89,155 people gave a standing ovation to this legend on his 700th wicket, and that ball is still remembered as a Classic Warne Dismissal! He announced his retirement from International Cricket by the end of 2006.

Although, Warne was very popular as a charismatic player, the ԓBad Boy image that has persistently followed him as his stigma, more often than not ended up offering generous scoops to British tabloids!!! His private life has been set upon by scandals. He was always in the limelight as an inveterate philanderer. He was accused of sending raunchy messages to a woman during a South African Tour, and was removed from the Vice Captaincy for sending erotic messages to a British Nurse. The allegation list against Warney is pretty long, and includes affraying with some of the teenagers who captured the image of Aussie legend smoking.

His muddy stories of extra-marital affairs followed by the intermittent announcements of living separately by his wife Simone Callahan kept tabloids busy in 2005. The playboy in Warne was still active, and he was alleged of sending explicit messages to a pair of models; his photograph with the models was also published in many of the tabloids. By 2007, Simone decided to reunite with Warne, which was again hindered by Warne accidental sending of a text message intended for another woman into his wife's phone. Many of us will be familiar to the music video ԓThe Shane Warne Song which was tailored by Kevin Bloody Wilson inspiring his marital infidelities and heedless private life.

Though he lost some of the corporate endorsements and contracts due to the Casinova lifestyle, he got a multi-year remunerative deal with Messages On Hold, and also did promotional work for Advanced Hair, hair loss recovery company. However, his promo for Advanced hair was a controversy for using his celebrity endorsement into medical services.

Warne was much reputed as a cricket commentator too, and is currently involved with 888 Poker to represent them in the Poker events in Australia. Apart from the alleged obsession for beauties, Warne has a passion towards cars, and has owned a couple of sexy Ferraris too. He once owned six expensive charmers in his garage; a Ferrari, two Mercedes four wheel drives, two BMWs and a Holden VK Commodore, which were sold out after his divorce.

The Spin King is now busy as the guest commentator; and has appeared in the box for both 2nd and 3rd Test Matches played between Australia Versus South Africa. Many are the recognitions for this brilliant cricketer; he was one among the quartette Aussie players to be marked under Richie Benaud's Greatest XI. Shane Warne also bagged the ԓBBC sports Personality Of The Year Overseas Personality in the year 2005 for his incredible Ashes performance that year. An honorary doctorate was offered to Warne by Southampton University for his brilliant services to Aussie Cricket.

Warne has been actively working for ԓShane Warne Foundation that was realised for the ill and underprivileged children after his retirement. Since 2004, he has managed to raise ԣ400,000 for the foundation, which has been distributed for the deprived kids. Marked by a glorious career, he has always been a living legend for many of the cricketing world; no wonder why Kim Hughes, the former Aussie Captain accounted Warne as the "Donald Bradman of bowling".




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