RIP GOAT: A look at Shane Warne's lesser-known records
Legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne passed away of a suspected heart attack on Friday. The disturbing piece of news has sent shock waves through the cricket fraternity. Warne will be remembered as one of the greatest spinners in international cricket. He revived the art of leg-spin in the late 1990s. Here, we take a look at his lesser-known records across formats.
Warne holds the record for taking most wickets by a leg-spinner in Test cricket (708). He also has over 1,000 wickets in international cricket. Warne was also a handy batter down the order in Test cricket. He racked up 3,154 runs at an average of 17.32. Warne has the record for scoring most Test runs without hitting a century.
Warne was on a roll in 2005. He snapped up 96 wickets from 15 matches at an average of 22.02 in that year. The former leg-spinner registered six five-wicket hauls and two hauls of 10 wickets. To date, Warne holds the record for taking most Test wickets in a calendar year. Muttiah Muralitharan (90) and Dennis Lillee (85) follow Warne on the tally.
In 145 Tests, Warne delivered a total of 40,705 balls, the third-most by a bowler in the format. He is only behind Muralitharan (44,039) and Anil Kumble (40,850) on the tally. Warne conceded the least runs among the three (17,995).
Warne represented Australia in 194 One-Day Internationals. He scalped 293 wickets at an average of 25.73. Warne has taken the second-most wickets stumped in the format (50). He is one of the two cricketers to take 50 or more wickets through this mode (17.06%). Muralitharan owns 56 wickets (10.48%). Former Sri Lanka cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya follows Warne with 42 wickets.
Warne has won the Player of the Match award 17 times, the joint-third-most along with Wasim Akram. The former has the second-most 10-wicket hauls in Test cricket (10). He holds the record for registering the triple of 1,000 runs, 50 wickets, and 50 catches. Warne has the second-most wickets taken caught by a fielder in international cricket (469).