Australian cricket superstar Glenn Maxwell broke down in tears during a live radio interview as he reflected on the death of Shane Warne.
Australian cricket star Glenn Maxwell has broken down on live radio following the death of Shane Warne as he struggles to come to terms with the loss of one of his best friends.
Maxwell – a dynamic part of Australia’s white ball teams – first met Warne as a teenager and later became friends when they shared a dressing room together at the Melbourne Stars at the start of the T20 Big Bash League.
Warne died aged 52 after a suspected heart attack in Thailand and Maxwell was devastated to wake up to the tragic news on Saturday, saying he was “broken”.
In a tearful interview with Triple M’s Dead Legends program, Maxwell was overcome with emotion as he tried to process a loss that shocked the world.
“Warnie actually drove me to the Stars. Sorry,” Maxwell said, as he broke down and struggled to get the words across.
“We had a very good relationship. Just broken for now.
“I was lucky enough to play my second game against Warnie when I was about 16 or 17. I thought I was lucky then, but playing alongside him at the Stars and, I guess, after his career, to become good friends outside the field and to be part of his inner sanctuary. It’s a tough morning.
Asked what made Warne so special, Maxwell said: “He was a person who loved life. You will be hard pressed to find a more caring, loyal and generous person than him. He gave his time to almost every cricketer who passed by, he saw every cricketer who played international or state cricket and when he commented he was there to help them.
“He was exactly the kind of person he was, he just gave his time so generously…he inspired several generations of cricketers who just wanted to be Shane Warne.
“It is the legacy he will leave.
“Even just to talk to him about normal things. He was so knowledgeable, so caring, so friendly.
“When it comes to Australian cricket, we have lost someone with immeasurable knowledge of the game and someone who will be sorely missed.”
Maxwell also paid tribute to Warne on social media, posting emotional messages on Instagram alongside photos of the couple together.
“Absolutely devastated,” he wrote. “The effect the king has had on so many people around the world is immeasurable.
“The wisdom he shared with every player he came into contact with was of the highest quality.
“The cricketing community will always remember that he inspired a whole generation of players to try to be the greatest player of all time. Those who were lucky enough to watch/play with (him) will be eternally grateful. to be in the presence of a true genius.
“And on the other side, the people who have come to know him off the pitch as the most loving, loyal, generous and caring person possible.
“I will never forget your generosity and the time you gave to me as a character and as a player. Thank you for everything king.