India and Sri Lanka cricket team players wore black armbands and observed a minute’s silence before the start of second day’s play in the ongoing first Test of the three-match series to honour Australian legends Rodney Marsh and Shane Warne, both of whom passed away within hours of each other on Friday.
Condolences poured in from all around the world for Warne and his family. In honour of his contributions, the Great Southern Stand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) will has been renamed after Warne.
“I can think of no finer tribute to the greatest cricketer this state has produced than to rename the stand the S.K. Warne stand and no matter whatever happens to that stand in the future whether it’s rebuilt, refurbished, renovated, it will remain the S.K. Warne Stand in perpetuity because his legend will live in perpetuity,” Martin Pakula, Victoria’s minister of tourism announced.
A special tribute for the one and only Shane Warne. pic.twitter.com/0b0LJ3ilgM
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) March 5, 2022
Pat Cummins and Co. pay tribute to Shane Warne
Australia Test captain, Pat Cummins, paid rich tribute to Warne, on Day 2 of the ongoing opening Test against Pakistan in Rawalpindi. Warne revolutionized spin bowling back in the era of the pacers. His impact on the game will be ever-lasting and he will forever be in the minds of budding cricketers.
“I want to express our shock and sadness over Shane’s sudden passing. We are all numbed by the news. Shane was a once-in-a-century cricketer and his achievements will stand for all time, but apart from the wickets he took and the games he helped Australia win, what he did was draw so many people to the sport,” said Cummins.
“So many of us in the playing group grew up idolizing him and fell in love with this great sport as a result, while many of our support staff either played with him or against him. The game of cricket was never the same after Shane emerged, and it will never be the same now he has gone. Rest in peace King,” he added.