Shane Warne, who died last year after suffering a cardiac arrest while on vacation in Thailand, was described by Glenn Maxwell as the most caring and loyal person he had ever met.
Glenn Maxwell, Australia’s star all-rounder, says the late Shane Warne had the ability to put anyone at ease in an instant and reveals how the spin wizard reached out to him during a difficult period. Warne, who died last year after suffering a cardiac arrest while on vacation in Thailand, was described by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) player as the most caring and loyal person he had ever met.
“He is probably the most giving and loyal person I’ve ever met. “He was generous not only with his charity work, but also with his knowledge and time,” Maxwell said on the RCB Season 2 Podcast.
“He actively sought out young spinners during their warm-ups to talk them through different skill sets and trying to help them to be the best version of themselves.
“Everyone felt like they had an instant connection because that’s how he made you feel, he makes you feel like your best friend right away,” Maxwell said.
Warne has 708 wickets from 145 Tests, placing him second only to Muttiah Muralitharan in the traditional format.
Warne had also taken 293 wickets in 194 One-Day Internationals, making him only the second bowler in history to surpass 1,000 international wickets.
Aside from those impressive numbers, Maxwell stated that Warne genuinely cared about him and reached out in his time of need.
“I suppose, post cricket hours, I was so lucky to be able to play some golf with him, chat to him off the field, talk to him on the phone. He was deeply concerned. He once saw me walking around before one of the Big Bash games. We had a brief conversation, and I sort of… I wouldn’t say I brushed against him, but I simply walked away.
“He messaged me later and asked, ‘Are you okay?’ He also checked in a few times. The fourth time, I finally opened up. So I explained what was going on. Take it easy, mate, take a break, do whatever you need to do. “I’m always here for you,” Maxwell said.
The retention of the RCB calmed me down: Maxwell
Maxwell joined the RCB ahead of the IPL 2021 and made an immediate impact, scoring over 500 runs.
However, the Australian admitted that he was nervous ahead of the IPL mega auction in 2022, but a call from RCB Director of Cricket Operations Mike Hesson calmed him down.
“Because it’s a big auction, you never know what’s going to happen. And how many people they were going to keep, and we had a couple of bowlers — Siraj, Harshal, Yuzi (Chahal), then AB (de Villiers), Virat, and those young Indian players, and all could have been kept at some point.
“Retaining an overseas batter isn’t always the best decision. “It appears straightforward, but there was obviously a lot more I had to go through in my head, and when I got the phone call that I was going to be retained, I was pumped and couldn’t wait to stick around,” Maxwell said.
In the IPL 2021, Maxwell made 513 runs from 15 matches with a strike-rate of 144 that included six fifties while averaging 42.75.
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Maxwell contributed significantly to RCB’s play-offs entry in IPL 2022, scoring 301 runs from 13 matches with a strike rate of 169.