On what would have been the cricketer’s 53rd birthday, Shane Warne’s family sent a tribute to him on Twitter. The renowned leg spinner passed away in March of this year at the age of 52 on the Thai island of Koh Samui, perhaps from a heart attack. “Shane’s Legacy will go on. Happy birthday – always in our hearts. A legacy offers you a perspective on what’s essential. It is about the depth of an individual’s life, including what they did and the influence they had on people and places.”

Fans responded positively to the message by leaving their sincere sentiments. I can never forget his voice, his leg spin, his eyes, his tongue, his aura, and his control. Love you Warnie forever, said one admirer.

“Very rarely do you meet a genuine superstar who is both humble and makes you feel your job is level to his? Whether it be me as I was a barman or the guy that cleans the toilet. Everyone was equal. Happy birthday Shane. May you shine brightly forever”, another fan commented.

Another admirer wrote, “Shane’s charisma was something beyond words. I can’t think of anybody else who had a huge influence on me while growing up. Still, at times I assume he is still there.”

Warne, who is regarded as one of the best cricketers in history, played 145 times for Australia in Test matches and amassed 708 wickets, placing him second all-time in that format. The only other bowler with 1000 wickets in ODIs and Tests is Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka. In 194 games of ODI cricket, he had 293 dismissals.