The passing away of Shane Warne has shocked the cricket world, and his former teammates are finding it hard to deal with the loss.
Adam Gilchrist has revealed that he received a message from Shane Warne barely eight hours before his demise.
Australia lost two legends, Rodney Marsh and Warne, both due to heart attacks within 24 hours of the other.
It was heartbreaking for the wicket-keeper batter, who grew up idolizing Marsh and played most of his cricket with the legendary spinner.
“I spoke to Warne about a week ago. I received a nice text from him. I am assuming this was eight hours before he passed away. He was one of the guys who called me church. It was a nickname only those in the inner circle knew about. One of the English fans once called me Eric Gilchurch. Warne picked it from there and always called me ‘Churchy’,” Gilchrist told ABC News.
“He messaged me saying, ‘Church, wonderful tribute to Rod Marsh’. We were still thinking about the death of my childhood hero in Rod Marsh, and Warnie messaged me and said, ‘well done on that, sir’. So that was the last contact. It’s a text message I will never delete.”
The terms ‘Bowling Shane’ was given by Gilchrist, who kept the wickets during Warne’s career.
“It started when he took his hat off to bowl the first delivery of his over. However, everything is secondary, and keeping wickets to Warne will remain the highlight of my career.”