13 hours before Shane Warne breathed his last, the legendary Australian spinner had consoled the demise of another Australian legend, Rod Marsh. The cricket fraternity was hit hard by the demise of two legendary sporting heroes, Warne and Marsh in a span of less than 24 hours.
While Rod Marsh suffered a heart attack in Queensland last week and was in an induced coma at Royal Adelaide Hospital until his death, Warne passed away on Friday, March 4 due to a suspected heart attack at a Thailand villa. His family, said in a statement, that doctors unsuccessfully tried to revive him at the villa.
Warne was saddened by the death of Rod Marsh, who played 96 Tests for his country, scoring three Test centuries and famously claiming a then-world record of 355 dismissals for a wicketkeeper behind the stumps.
“Sad to hear the news that Rod Marsh has passed. He was a legend of our great game & an 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. RIP mate,” Warne wrote in s social media post.
Sad to hear the news that Rod Marsh has passed. He was a legend of our great game & an 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. RIP mate
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 4, 2022
Warne even posted from his villa on Thursday evening as he seemed to enjoy the view of the moonlight from his stay in Thailand.
Notably, Warne had been hospitalized after suffering from Covid-19 last year. In his last Instagram post, Warne said he had set a target of getting fit and set July 2022 as his deadline, saying “operation shred” had started.
“Operation shred has started (10 days in) & the goal by July is to get back to this shape from a few years ago ! Let’s go,” he said 4 days ago.
Shane Warne, one of the greatest-ever cricketers to have played the sport, picked up 708 wickets in 145 Tests. His career spanned over 15 years from 1992 to 2007. He was also a World Cup winner with Australia in 1999.
Warne is regarded as one of the greatest-ever bowlers in the history of the sport as he was an integral part of the dominant Australian sides in the 1990s and early 2000s.