New Delhi. Shane Warne, the world’s great spinner, turned 52 today i.e. on 13 September 2021. His success in cricket is an example for millions of people in the world. This is because when Warne was young, he was interested in football and tennis. He wanted to become the star of the Australian Football League (AFL) but an incident at the age of 18 changed Warne’s life and later the world got the ‘King of Spin’. If this incident had not happened in Warne’s life, then the world would hardly have got such a fan of spin.
Warne was rejected by an AFL club St Kilda at the age of 18. He was playing for the Under-19 team of this club then and he was hopeful that he could start a professional career in football soon but one day he received a letter from the club, which said that the club now needs you. Services are not needed. It was heartbreaking for any 18 year old youth. So the same happened with Warne as he was dreaming of becoming an AFL star since childhood. He had worked hard for years and in a jiffy his dream got shattered. If someone else was there, maybe he would have broken his ties with the game itself. But Warne did not let this rejection dominate him, but made it his biggest strength.
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Turned to cricket after being rejected in AFL
Referring to this incident in an interview, Warne had said that I also had two ways. The first is to curse others for this and secondly, to make my intention stronger and find that within myself, which I can do better. I chose the second route. I knew I could throw good leg spin. I had this quality in me since childhood. It can also be called a gift of God. Because my hands and wrists were bigger than others. After that I didn’t look back and pushed myself to learn leg spin.
Warne used to practice leg spin with a handkerchief
Warne had told in this interview how he mastered leg spin. Actually, Warne used to keep the ball at a certain place on the cricket pitch and then used to throw the ball around it for hours. He had kept a challenge for himself that he would hit the ball placed on the pitch 3 times a day. Then whether it should be done in 20 minutes or it may take a whole day. He also practiced by keeping a handkerchief on the pitch for a long time. Gradually it became an obsession for him. When he used to go home from practice, he used to swing the ball in his free time and keep thinking about how he would bowl the next day.
Warne made his Test debut at the age of 23
Warne’s hard work paid off and at the age of 23, he made his Test debut for Australia. He made his Test debut in 1992 against India in Sydney. Team India’s current coach Ravi Shastri became his first victim. After this, Warne never looked back and went on to create history one by one. When he announced his retirement after playing the 145th Test of his career in the 2006-07 Ashes series against England, he had become one of the greatest bowlers of all time.
Warne took 708 wickets in Tests
When it comes to taking the most wickets in Test cricket, Shane Warne (708 wickets) is at number two here. He is behind Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan (800). This legendary leg-spinner took 5 or more wickets in an innings 37 times. Warne had 10 or more wickets in the name of 10 times in a Test match. As far as ODI cricket is concerned, Warne has 293 wickets in 194 matches. In this way, he took a total of 1001 wickets in Tests and ODIs.
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1319 wickets in first class
Shane Warne’s record in first class cricket is also unmatched. He took 1319 wickets in 301 first matches. This includes five wickets in an innings 69 times and 10 wickets in a match 12 times. Not only this, he made Rajasthan Royals (RR) champion in the first season of IPL under his captaincy and coaching.
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