Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen (Image Credit: Twitter)

Last Update on: March 8th, 2022 at 03:33 pm

Former England batter Kevin Pietersen condoled the death of former Australian spin legend, Shane Warne, who passed away at the age of 52 in a resort in Thailand. The cause of death is suspected to be a heart attack.

Warne was one of the most influential bowlers in the world and will go down as one of the greatest, if not the greatest spinner of all time. He finished his Test career with 708 wickets and is second on the list of all-time highest wicket-takers.

Pietersen has played many matches for England against the former leggie in the Ashes and he has firsthand experience of the competitiveness in Warne. However, he also acknowledged that the sportsman spirit in him was even stronger.

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Shane Warne (Image Credit: Twitter)

He played hard and I mean VERY hard, but he always congratulated you if you did something pretty special! Just a special sportsman, competitor & person! Love ya, Shaunie,” Pietersen wrote on his Twitter account.

“I didn’t tell him I love him, but I wish I did” – Ricky Ponting

Ponting shed a tear in memory of his former teammate and very close friend, Warne. Under Ponting’s captaincy, Warne enjoyed peak years and their camaraderie on and off the field was a delight to watch.

I’ve had the television on this morning watching a lot of the tributes to him, but any time I hear his voice, I have to turn it off. As I’ve said to a lot of the guys I’ve been talking to over the last couple of days, just how much I love him. I didn’t say that, but I wish I did.”

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Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne.

Just thinking of how big he was in the scheme of world sport, from signing that big Nike contract and going over and hanging out with Michael Jordan, that stuff doesn’t happen in cricket. He was a star, just an absolute superstar,” Ponting told in a chat with 7News on Monday.

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