Shane Warne breathed his last on Friday, leaving the cricketing fraternity in utter disbelief. Since then, there have been several tributes for the legend. One of Warne’s best competitors, Anil Kumble, had a few words to say about Warne. In this article, we take a look at the conversation in which Anil Kumble recalls his friendship with Shane Warne after the Aussie passed away.
Shane Warne passes away at the age of 52
The Australian legend was in Thailand on a holiday. It is reported that he succumbed to a heart attack. Warne was aged 52 and was very active on social media and TV broadcasting. His passing away will be a massive loss to the fans of the game. Warne always engaged people with his knowledge of the game and his character. All of it will now be missed by the viewers.
Anil Kumble recalls his friendship with Shane Warne
Anil Kumble and Shane Warne are the two greatest leg-spinners that the game has produced. While Warne collected 708 Test wickets, Kumble picked up 619 Test scalps. Kumble recalled an incident to show how good a friend Warne was. This happened in a special segment in Star Sports after Warne passed away.
Speaking on the show, Kumble said, “There was this secret, an untold secret about the Australian team, that they will not go after a cricketer if you are friends with Shane Warne. So when you went out to bat, and if you were friends with Warne, you didn’t get any banter from the Aussies. So when I went to bat, Aussies didn’t need to do any banter to unsettle me. That was Warnie, that was how he looked after his friends.”
Not just friendship, stories are now coming out on Warne’s service to the community and the budding cricketers. For a player of his stature to do that, it shows what a brilliant human being he was.