Shane Warne, an Australian great, died in Thailand on Friday at the age of 52. Former and current cricketers took to Twitter to express their sympathies after learning of the tragic news. Ricky Ponting led the outpouring of emotion from the Australian cricket community, taking to Twitter to express his condolences to Warne. He penned, "It's difficult to put into words how I feel. I initially met him at the Academy when I was 15 years old. He gave me my moniker. For more than a decade, we were teammates, sharing all of life's highs and lows. Throughout it all, he was someone you could rely on, someone who cared deeply about his family..."
He went on to say, "...someone who would always put his friends first and be there for you when you needed him. I've never played with or against a better bowler. King, may you rest in peace. Keith, Bridgette, Jason, Brooke, Jackson, and Summer are on my mind."
Adam Gilchrist, a former Australian wicketkeeper and Warne's partner, also turned to Twitter to say that keeping wickets for Warne was the pinnacle of his career.
"Numb. Keeping wicket to Warnie was the peak of my cricketing career. The best view of the maestro at work in the home. I've sometimes felt a little conceited, because Heals and I were pretty much the only ones that got that rush and pleasure at Test level. Warnie Rip ", he penned.
Warne, a former Australia captain, played in 145 Test matches and got 708 wickets. After Muttiah Muralitharan, he is the world's second-highest Test wicket-taker. In addition, he has 293 dismissals in 194 ODI matches.