Shane Warne’s death is a personal loss for many Indian cricket fans. He was a hero and role model for many budding Indian cricketers and fans.
Gurnam Singh, a community ambassador of Cricket Australia, says it feels like he has lost a family member.
“I’m lost for words, and this is extremely sad. It feels like a personal loss. I just cannot believe it. May the departed souls rest in peace. Life is so fickle and unpredictable. So always be kind, be humble, support each other and spread love. We don’t know what life brings next,” said Gurnam Singh, who is a face of cricket fans in Australia.
Shane Warne died of a heart attack in Thailand on Friday.
“Shane was found unresponsive in his villa, and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived,” a statement from Warne’s management said.
“The family requests privacy at this time and will provide further details in due course.”
Many times Shane Warne mentioned Gurnam Singh during his commentary.
“He knew me and always appreciated my love for the game. It shows his love for the game. When he was in a commentary box, and I was watching the match in the stand, the camera would pan on to me, and Warnie said I love this guy; he is there for the love of cricket and whether India is playing or not,” remembers Singh.
Shane Warne was a fans’ star. He would never disappoint his fans, be it autographs or a selfie.
Gurnam’s most treasured memory of Shane Warne is when he found himself sitting next to the late cricketer on a flight from Sydney to Melbourne.
“It is one of the best moments of my life. He was sitting next to me, and we chatted for over an hour. I will cherish those moments forever,” says Singh showing the boarding pass of that flight with Shane Warne’s autograph on it.