Shane Warne was many things. A once-in-a-generation cricketer. A loving father. A connoisseur of baked beans. An extremely passionate and talented golfer. And a very underrated comedian, at least if this video is anything to go by.
Among the plethora of ‘Warnie’ tributes doing the rounds on social media this week included this absolute slice of gold shared by one of Warnie’s oldest friends, Pakistan cricket legend Waqar Younis. In the video, Warne is being interviewed on Fox Sports show “The Nightwatchmen”. Hosts ‘The Professor’ and ‘Barney’ had one simple question for the Spin King: what’s (English cricket great) Kevin Pietersen really like?
To help answer the question, Warnie immediately recalled a moment he shared with ‘KP’ on the fairways (of course he did!). We’ll let the great man take it from here:
That’s just too clever, and bloody hilarious! Great areas, Shane!
The world is still coming to terms with the shock death of the 52-year-old sporting icon, who passed away in Thailand of a suspected heart attack on March 5.
A self-confessed golf tragic, Warne had struck up countless friendships in the game. His tragic passing left many current tour players in disbelief ahead of last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, including 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott.
“It’s amazing how shocking it is when someone as important as Warnie was dies, it’s hard to get your head around,” Scott told Australian Golf Digest outside Bay Hill’s player locker room.
“I just played golf with him last summer. I’m really shocked and really upset. He was an absolute legend.”
Warne was a regular starter in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, and once shot 71 around the Old Course at St Andrews. His career highlight on the fairways, however, had to be his first ever hole-in-one … achieved at Augusta National!
“Can’t believe it! Was my first ever hole-in-one and what a place and pin to do it,” he said after the miracle ace. It’s one of the many Warnie tales that will never get old.