“A charter plane has carried the Australian flag-wrapped body of the country’s beloved cricketer, Shane Warne, to Melbourne yesterday from Thailand. On March 4th, I received the shocking news of the 52-year-old cricket legend passing away in Thailand,” said Scorch.
“Oh! My MysticLord,” said Verum, “That’s so sudden. How did this happen? Warne was one of the greatest cricketers of all time.”
“Truly, it is. Reportedly, the cops said he died of natural causes, a suspected heart attack. He was on Koh Samui Island, holidaying with his friends. He was rushed to the hospital when he did not respond, but the doctors could not revive him,” replied Scorch.
“As a sportsperson, Warne has inspired generations of sports lovers. He became a global star in 1993, I remember. I read this in my Book of Everything,” added Orak.
“Yes. I will tell you about the incident. He bowled out Mike Gatting in his first ball in Ashes Cricket. This came to be known as the ‘Ball of the Century’. The Ashes is a Test cricket series played between England and Australia.
He was a right-arm leg spinner and was labeled as one of the greatest bowlers in cricket history. He has 708 test wickets to his credit in 145 matches across an extraordinary 15-year international career.
He was so good at bowling that batsmen would often dread when he would come to deliver his over, especially Australia’s great rival England.
Australia’s win in the 1999 50-over World Cup is credited to Warne. In 2000, he was named one of the five Wisden cricketers of the century, alongside the other legends Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Jack Hobbs, and Sir Viv Richards.
Warne retired from international cricket in 2007. He then became a commentator, an expert in cricket and coach,” narrated Scorch in a humble tone.
“When will the funeral take place?” said Felix, patting on Scorch’s back – knowing how much she loves all kinds of sports and all the sportspeople in the world.
“Well, a state memorial service will be held at the 100,000-seater Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on March 30. Warne’s family (three children and wife) will also hold a private funeral. The public will be allowed to attend the service.
The Australian government announced that the Great Southern Stand would be renamed S. K. Warne Stand in the leg spinner’s honor,” informed Scorch.
The Gifted Four said a prayer to bid farewell to cricket’s one of the legends.
“There will never be another Shane Warne,” whispered Scorch.