The sports world reacts to the death of Shane Warne

The sports world has reacted with shock and sadness to the sudden death of Australian cricket legend Shane Warne.

The 52-year-old leg spinner died Friday of a suspected heart attack in a villa in Thailand.

Former players, coaches, administrators and fans responded to the news by posting messages on social media.

Warne, who leaves behind three children with his ex-wife Simone, is regarded as one of the best cricketers. He took 708 Test wickets, 293 ODI wickets and 1319 First class wickets.

Good friend and former England captain Kevin Pietersen simply tweeted “Fuck!!!!!!!!!!!” with several crying emojis and the hashtag RIPKing.

Indian Virat Kohli, who is currently playing his 100th Test against Sri Lanka, said he could not “process” the news that Warne had passed. He added: “Best to spin the cricket ball.”

South African golfer Ernie Els was also saddened by the news, calling it “devastating”.

Sir Vivian Richards, who captained the West Indies during one of their most prominent spells in the game, shared a photo of himself with Warne, saying: ‘Unbelievable. I am shocked to the bone.”

Rohit Sharma, India’s new cricket captain, said on Twitter: “I really have no words for this, this is extremely sad. An absolute champion and legend of our game has left us.” RIP Shane Warne… I still can’t believe it.”

Jasprit Bumrah, the bowler from India, added on Twitter: “Shocked beyond words. A legend of our game, an icon and one who revolutionized spin bowling. REST IN PEACE”

Several other cricketers from around the world including Pakistani captain Babar Azam, Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara and Pakistani fast bowling legend Wasim Akram expressed their grief.

Barmy Army’s UK Twitter account tweeted, “Really feeling massive shock here.”

Former Manchester United footballer Gary Neville, now an expert on television, tweeted: “Oh no! News that holds you back and shakes you up.”

Many fans and news outlets also showed photos and videos of Warne in action, including a clip of “The ball of the century” when England’s Australian great Mike Gatting threw himself in an Ashes Test with what is widely regarded as one of the best bits of bowling of all time.

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