The untimely demise of Shane Warne has shocked the entire cricket world and fans from all over the world have not stopped mourning. But it has had the biggest impact on the ones that were very close to the legendary spinner – his family members, and of course his former from the Australian team.
A number of Warne’s ex-colleagues have shed tears over the span of the last two days and it was Ricky Ponting’s turn today. In a recent interview, the former Australian miserably broke down into tears while paying tribute to Shane Warne. The news had moved Ponting very much and it was visible in the way he reacted.
He was finding it difficult to control his tears but finally contained himself somehow. Ponting said, “I have had a few hours now to digest it all and think about how big a part of my life he was and reflect on a lot of those memories.”
Right after Warne’s death, Ponting had tweeted, “Hard to put this into words. I first met him when I was 15 at the Academy. He gave me my nickname. We were teammates for more than a decade, riding all the highs and lows together. Through it all he was someone you could always count on, someone who loved his family,” tweeted Ponting.
“Someone who would be there for you when you needed him and always put his mates first. The greatest bowler I ever played with or against. RIP King. My thoughts are with Keith, Bridgette, Jason, Brooke, Jackson and Summer.”
Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting had made their respective debuts for Australia around the same time. Shane Warne made his debut in 1992 while Ricky Ponting did so in 1995. They played together for many years to come and were the best of friends. When Ricky Ponting became the captain, Warne played under his captaincy and was one of his most lethal weapons in the spin department.