On this day in 1992, spin wizard Shane Warne made his Test debut
Shane Warne, Australia’s spin wizard, played his first match on this day 26 years back in 1992 against India in Sydney.He finished with figures of 1/150, with his only wicket being that of Man-of-the-Match Ravi Shastri, caught by Dean Jones for 206. It was the third match of the five-match series which eventually ended in a draw.There was another debutant in that match, Subroto Banerjee, who made his first and last appearance for India. He scored 3 runs and picked up 3 at the cost of 47 runs.WATCH VIDEOWarne didn’t do much again in the fourth Test in Adelaide with figures of 0/78, meaning he finished the series with overall figures of 1/228 as he was dropped for the fifth Test.#OnThisDay in 1992, the great @ShaneWarne made his Test debut, against India in Sydney.He returned figures of 1/150, with his only wicket being @RaviShastriOfc. pic.twitter.com/2TM7jI1ORh- ICC (@ICC) January 2, 2018With the lessons learnt on his maiden tour, Warne honed his skills further, tweaked his bowling action a bit and went on to establish himself as the greatest leg-spin bowler in the history of the game. Warne went onto play a total of 145 Test matches, picking up a record 708 wickets, the second-most in the format behind Sri Lakan Muttiah Muralidaran. Warne also has 37 five-wicket hauls in Tests, again the second highest behind Murali’s 67 five-fors.Warne’s debut came 113 years after an Australian Fred Spofforth, made history when he became the first bowler to take a Test hat-trick, back in 1879. Warne’s only hat-trick came at his home ground, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, on Boxing Day in the second Test of the 1994/95 Ashes tour at home, after his career-best 8/71 in the second innings of the first Test at the Gabba.advertisementHe is also the highest run-scorer (3154 runs from the 199 times he came out with a bat in hand) never to have scored a hundred (his best is an agonising 99). He also played 194 one day internationals, picking up 293 wickets, since making his debut against New Zealand at Wellington in March 1993.Nobody can also deny that he was arguably the greatest captain Australia never had.Warne was known for his sharp cricketing acumen and quick thinking, which was evident in the Indian Premier League’s maiden season where he steered Rajasthan Royals to victory in 2008.But there were lows as well in Warne’s glorious career. The 2003 World Cup was supposed to be Warne’s swansong from one-day cricket.Australia, the defending champions, were expected to take home the World Cup again but the blonde leggie was thrown out of the tournament after he a failed drug test. He claimed he that he had taken a pill given by his mother to lose the double chin. But it all ended in disgrace.However, history will forever remember Shane Warne as the greatest leg-spinner and entertainer the game has ever seen. He played with a cheeky smile, he played aggressively and he played to win.During his heydays, Warne remained controversy’s favourite child but the crowds loved him wherever he went.