Australia: The former Australian captain – Ricky Ponting, wailed while paying tribute to his former teammate and friend, Shane Warne, who died at the age of fifty-two (52) on Friday, March 4, 2022, due to a heart attack.
Finding it difficult to share his emotions over the demise of his friend, Ponting noted that “he was left in shock, when he heard the tragic news”, adding it is hard to ingest the news of Warne’s demise.
He also remembered and shared the fun-loving moments with Warne. He stated, “I was shocked, I think like probably the rest of the world. I mean, I’ve got the messages when I woke up this morning.”
“I went to bed last night of being aware that I had to take my daughters for netball, and then I was confronted with what didn’t seem quite real at that time and even now probably doesn’t really seem like it’s real either, so I’ve had a few hours now to digest it all and think about how a part of my life he was and reflect on a lot of those memories through the years”, the cricketer then added.
Ponting titled the deceased cricketer as the “most competitive bowler in the game”.
Since the demise news of Warne spreads, several world leaders (including Prime Minister and President’s), as well as famous cricket players, expressed condolences to the family.
“We are shocked & saddened by the passing of Shane Warne. A true cricketing genius. Our thoughts are with his – family, friends & fans all across the world”, the official page of Cricket Australia tweeted.
Cricketer Shane Watson tweeted, “I am totally numb!!! My hero, my mentor, my great friend, – Shane Warne, is no longer with us. Warnie, the effect you had on this great game & everyone around it is immeasurable. Thank you for being so – bloody good to me. I’m going to miss you so much. Rest In Peace SK”.