The death of Shane Warne has left everyone surprised. It was clearly evident from Warne’s king-size lifestyle that he was larger than life character. After Warne’s retirement from cricket, he turned into a cricket analyst and commentator where he would speak his heart out.
Before the Ashes 2021 – 22, Warne was a fierce critic of Mitchell Starc. The bowler had been in not-so-good form for months and even during the World cup. Warne was in favor of young Jhye Richardson as the replacement of Starc.
“(Starc) needs to find a bit of rhythm and some form. He had a really poor World Cup. He’s just not bowling well enough. Warne had said before the start of the Ashes.”
Starc however proved Warne wrong right from the first delivery of the Ashes, where he bowled out the shuffling Rory Burns on a late swinging full delivery.
The pacer proved Warne all wrong and not only played all the Ashes tests but also picked up 19 wickets at an average of 25.36. Starc was also the recipient of the Allan border medal in 2022, completely turning around his form from pre-Ashes.
Warne had given an interview to a leading publication where he emphasized that his criticism of the pacer was not personal and that the opinion are needed to be spoken out for the public.
Warne’s manager James Erskine revealed that the leg-spinner admitted of ‘probably’ being wrong of Starc’s criticism.
“I probably was, but I probably helped him get better. Warne’s reply to his manager when he said that he was wrong of Starc’s criticism.
Warne had never shied away from speaking his mind out. The leg-spinner had a heated confrontation with Marlon Samuels in the big bash when Samuels tried to grab Michael Hussey in a bid to prevent him from taking the second run. Warne did not take the matter lightly and hurled abuses at Samuels when he was fielding.
Warne may have had opinions and his actions may not have been right all the time, however his impact on the game and his legacy will continue to live on forever.