Picture of Shane Warne

Shane Warne

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Leg break
Played for:
Australia, ICC World XI, Australia A, Hampshire, Rest of the World, Rajasthan, Victoria, Australia Under-19, Australian XI, Melbourne Stars, Warne's Warriors
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-ODI | Bowler
Home country:
September 13, 1969, Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia


When the chubby Shane Warne made his Test debut in 1992 against India, one wouldn’t have presumed the tremendous potential the leg spinner possessed. 145 Tests and 15 years later, the man had 708 victims in his kitty, taking over 1000 international wickets, only second to Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralidaran. His useful lower-order batting fetched him more than 3000 runs in Test cricket, without a single century. The more interesting part was the way he went about plotting the downfall of the batsmen, outwitting and out thinking them into submission. Mike Gatting received what they later called the ball of the century, and for years after that, the Englishmen treated Warne as if he was a ticking bomb, waiting to explode. His bowling was a blend of simplicity and accuracy.

However, like any great cricketer, Warne had one Achilles Heel, and that was in the form of Sachin Tendulkar, for whom he once famously claimed that he had nightmares of Tendulkar dancing down the wicket and hitting him for six. “Warney” as he is nicknamed, had his moments of glory but one thing that he would always regret is that despite being a solid performer, his controversies ensured that the Test captaincy was never going to be his. In 2003, he was found guilty of breaching ACB’s drug code and was imposed a one-year ban. He returned to competitive cricket in 2004, which became the better phase of his career.

Warne’s international retirement came in 2007, after Australia reclaimed the Ashes series of 2006-07, which was his ultimate goal. In March 2008, he signed to play for the Rajasthan in the IPL as their captain and coach. He led the team to victory in the finals, helping the team lift the inaugural IPL trophy. Later, in 2011, he was retained by the Royals for both the roles, following which he announced his retirement from all forms of the game in 2012.

Fast Facts

  • Shane Warne became the first bowler to reach 600 and 700 wickets in Test cricket history.
  • In 2007, Cricket Australia and Sri Lanka Cricket decided to name the Australia- Sri Lanka Test cricket series, “Warne-Muralidaran Trophy” in honour of Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralidaran.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 145 199 3154 17 17.32 57.66 0 12 99
ODI 194 107 1018 29 13.05 72.04 0 1 55
IPL 55 29 198 9 9.90 92.52 0 0 34*
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 145 273 40705 17995 708 8/71 / 25.41 2.65 48 37 10 182
ODI 194 191 10642 7541 293 5/33 / 25.73 4.25 12 1 0 266
IPL 55 54 1194 1447 57 4/21 / 25.38 7.27 1 0 0 29
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 125 0 0
ODI 80 0 7
IPL 16 0 2
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
ODI 11 10 1 0 0 90.91
IPL 55 30 24 1 0 54.55


Australia Vs India at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney - Jan 02, 1992
Last played:
Australia Vs England at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney - Jan 02, 2007
Australia Vs New Zealand at Basin Reserve, Wellington - Mar 24, 1993
Last played:
ICC World XI Vs Asia XI at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne - Victoria - Jan 10, 2005
Rajasthan Vs Delhi at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - Apr 19, 2008
Last played:
Rajasthan Vs Mumbai at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai - May 20, 2011