You may like or dislike him, but he’s not one to stay out of the news for as long as he’s playing and exploding, even after he has quit the game. Shane Warne led a life full of drama, often likening his life to a soap opera. From his gorgeous leg breaks to women, from banned pills to bookies, Warne has always been in the headlines.
But he is best known for his exploits on the field. Who can forget Mike Gatting smashing the off stump off the leg stump in 1993 with an unplayable delivery? Or a brilliant comeback against Sri Lanka to take three Tests in 2004 after a gap of 12 months? Or the world record of 96 test wickets in 2005? As we mourn the demise of a legend, here are some of his records.
Most wickets in a calendar year (Test)
In 2005, Shane Warne took 96 wickets, a record to date. His next match was Muttiah Muralitharan, who took 90 wickets the following year. No one else has taken 90 wickets in a year, and only Ashwin has taken 70 (72) wickets in a year in the last decade.
First to take 700 wickets
He became the first player to take 700 wickets against England in Melbourne on December 26, 2006. He did so in his 144th match, which Muthiah achieved in just 113 matches. He also holds the record for taking 4 wickets in a row in an innings. Shane Warne also holds the combined record of taking 4 wickets in an innings three times in a row in ODIs. He holds the record along with 10 other players. Waqar Younis, who has repeated this feat three times, also has an unbeaten record on the list.
Most 10 wickets and Most Stumped
Warne’s 10-wicket haul in a Test match is second only to Muthiah’s 22. With seven such achievements, Ashwin is the closest current player to beat him. In his 15-year career, Warne’s 86 wickets came from stumping. Only Muthiah overtook him with 104. He has taken 36 wickets in Test stumpings, making him the second-highest wicket-taker in the format.