The death news of the eminent sporting figures – Shane Warne and Rodney Marsh, in less than 24 hours due to heart attack has shocked Australian Cricket and saddened the whole world of Cricket. The players and also the people from other fields of life are paying tribute to these two cricket icons, Marsh and Warne. Surprisingly yesterday, Shane Warne, the Australian cricket legend, expressed tribute to Rod Marsh soon before his death and both died on the same day due to the problem of a heart attack.
Even though the sportsmen all lived a healthy lifestyle and often exercised, which help to keep their hearts in good condition, heart attack also became the reason for the deaths of many players such as Marsh and Warne. The death of these two cricket stars has created a massive gap in cricket, especially for Australia, and the world is also deprived of immense cricket talent.
Surprising Death of Rod Marsh, The Cricket Icon
Legendary Australian cricketer Marsh died a week after suffering a heart attack during a charity event in Queensland at the age of 74. Marsh earned his name as a cricketer when the cricket sport evolved from grassroots to professionalism. He joined World Series Cricket without reluctance, and while he never commanded the Test team, he guided Western Australia to a Sheffield Shield and Gillette Cup in 1976/77.
After 96 Tests and 92 white-ball appearances for Australia, Marsh concluded his 14-year career with 355 dismissals. The prolific player was left-handed with a muscular build and was the first Australian wicket-taker to make a century in test cricket, and he had three by the end of his profession. The veteran cricketer was then recruited as Australia’s chairman of the selection board in 2014, and he served this post for two years.
After retirement, Marsh worked in various coaching, high-performance, and administration roles across Australia and England. Shane Warne, the iconic Australian leg-spinner, led the accolades to Marsh on social media before he died on the same day. Warn expressed his sadness over the death of great Rod Marsh. His statement was
“Sad to hear the news that Rod Marsh has passed. He was a legend of our great game & inspiration to so many young boys & girls. Rod cared deeply about Cricket & gave so much-especially to Australia & England players. Sending lots & lots of love to Ros & the family”.
Shane Warne: The Death of a Cricket Icon by Heart Attack
The legendary Australian bowler, Shane Warne, also died yesterday at 52 in Koh Samui, Thailand, due to a massive heart attack. According to the management statement, “Shane was found unresponsive in his villa, and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived.” Warne earned his Test debut in Australia versus India in 1992, and his final Test match for Australia was against the England team in 2007.
The prolific cricketer grabbed 293 wickets in 194 ODI attempts with the white ball and won the World Cup 1999. He had previously played for Victoria and Hampshire, taking over 1,800 wickets across all forms in his 15-year international cricket tenure. Warne’s outgoing personality made him a fan favorite around the cricketing globe, but it sometimes brought him into problems.
Australian Cricket board fined him and Mark Waugh in 1998 for receiving money from a bookmaker and exchanging weather and pitch information details. The iconic cricketer continued to play T20 cricket until 2013, representing Rajasthan Royals in the IPL and Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash after retiring from international Cricket in 2007.
However, he remained active in the game as a commentator.
Twitter Mourns Warne’s Deaths
The cricket world was stunned by Warne’s untimely death and reacted in utter shock. Here a what cricket legends are saying
Undoubtedly, the deaths of these two cricket icons will be a devastating loss for the Cricket, especially the Australians. The world lost two all-time stalwarts: one who was perhaps the finest leggie to ever stride onto a cricket pitch and the other who cut a unique, burly figure behind the wickets for Australia.