Adieu Shane Warne

22 Dec

Shane Warne retired.

He retired while he was on top of his game. Leaving on his own terms.

Compare this to some of our guys who have to be coerced into leaving either by dropping them or having them on the team despite bad performances.

As Vijay Merchant once said, “When you retire, people should ask Why and not Why Not?”.

I am not a huge fan of cricket, yet when Shane Warne bowled I watched with excitement. He had that look and swagger like he expected a wicket of every ball.

Very few players have that aura. The only other sportsman that I can think of along similar lines is Viv Richards and in basketball, Michael Jordan.

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10 Responses to “Adieu Shane Warne”

  1. prashanth December 22, 2006 at 5:02 am #

    Another sportsman I can think of is “Lance Armstrong”

  2. Veena Shivanna December 22, 2006 at 6:23 am #

    Cricket hardly gathers my attention.. well, I do watch one days with curiosity.. & enthusiasm.. I would love watching those South africa, australia playing against us .. probably when Ravi shastri, kapil lifted the world cup there was no TV at home but still chilled with excitement.
    I liked the post for the very reason of the way its told, the retirement.. hmm.. ‘Why & Why Not’ part of it was catchy..
    There is a nice post in SB’s blog.. you may like it.. read it ease.

    http://silkboard.wordpress.com/2006/09/10/the-dont-know-when-to-quit-syndrome/

  3. mukhpreeti December 22, 2006 at 8:10 am #

    Yes, Indeed Shane Warne is a great cricketer. 700 wickets is no easy game. He is one of the match winner player for australia. He is banned for one year and if that doesnot happen another 100-200 wicket will be in his pocket

    Even I think he has done right to quit the game at the top of his career. Instead of know to be thrown out of the game for bad cricket one should do it during the peak period so that people remember this player is a great player

  4. silkboard December 22, 2006 at 1:10 pm #

    Thanks for plugging me here Veena. Mr Warne seems to have chosen a good time. He could have hung on for an year or more. Lure of 800 wkts and stuff. But he is quitting at a time when ppl still want him to play and love to watch him bowl. Good timing.

  5. Vijay December 22, 2006 at 1:24 pm #

    sb: Saw your post as well.. so appropriate 🙂

  6. decemberstud December 27, 2006 at 12:26 am #

    Ohhhhh…I so hated SW….and I so ahte to admit that he is one of the greatest spinners in the history. Yeah yeah, I know…I am just happy that India played so well against SW, unlike other teams.

    Vijay,

    Very true…other real champions have to be Viv Richards and Jordan. They are definitely in a different league. I heard Pele is way up there too. Never watched, so don’t know.

  7. Vijay December 27, 2006 at 5:26 am #

    DS: Very true… its someone who you always wish was on your side … of course I was a big Jordan fan… saw many of his games when I worked in Boston (thanks to my uncle having season tickets to the Celtics) especially during the first championship run… what fun !!

  8. Srik December 27, 2006 at 6:53 am #

    He has been a gentleman on field. He has held the true spirits of the game, except for that Doping thingie, from which he got the clean chit from Aussies.

    I salute him for his well-timed brave decission. Has he made his way for another Warnie?? Time will answer this question.

  9. rk December 27, 2006 at 9:47 am #

    vijay,
    as a tribute to WARNE, we can say whenever a batsman is bowled round his legs, that he was ‘WARNED’ rather than saying he was bowled…. 😉

  10. Veena Shivanna December 27, 2006 at 11:39 am #

    like the way the word Bangalored was coined.. ha ha ha…
    chennagide ‘WARN’ING Bellur avare.!

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