Embarrassed and hurt that I let my children down as their father: Shane Warne

first_imgShane Warne’s mesmerising bowling prowess coupled with his personal life (which has long been fodder for the tabloid press) has made him one of the world’s most illustrious sportsmen.Along with the reputation of being the greatest leg-spinner in the history of the game, Warne also dominated headlines throughout his cricketing career thanks to his relationships with various women.It is therefore, hard to sum up the Warne’s journey in a few words which is why he has launched his new autobiography titled, ‘No Spin’, which contains the true stories behind the headlines and challenges some of the enduring myths and untruths that surround the legendary cricketer.All that worship of the baggy green made me want to puke: Shane WarneUncompromising and compelling, it is destined to rank alongside some of the greatest sports autobiographies ever, the publisher has promised said.Ahead of its launch, Warne has been giving interviews at various media outlets around the world, talking about the various topics in his life including that of his children.Another big day doing radio & book signings. Been blown away by all the wonderful feedback so far – thankyou! I will continue to check Amazon for all your thoughts, so keep the comments coming ! pic.twitter.com/u9rAyGmcvPShane Warne (@ShaneWarne) October 10, 2018Warne recently met former England captain Michael Vaughan opened up about his life off the field and controversies surrounding his divorce and relationship with British actor Elizabeth Hurley which was particularly distressing to his children.advertisementAlso Read – When Shane Shane Warne rightly predicted India-England 2011 World Cup result”I regret hurting my children. I’m embarrassed and hurt that I let them down as their father and as a husband to Simone [Callahan] I wasn’t very good. The whole book is fact. I do [love sex]. It’s true. If I didn’t love sex that much I probably wouldn’t have got myself in half the trouble I have,” Warne told Vaughan on BBC Radio 5 live.”I’ve enjoyed being a father, I love being a father and I think I’m a good father. The kids are my number one priority I’ve shown them that. They’ve said some wonderful things in the book and I didn’t sit with them when they did that.Also Read – Australia need Steve Smith and David Warner to return desperately: Shane Warne”They were asked, ‘tell me what you think about your dad?’ And they were brutally honest. They don’t pull any punches. I’ve had to live with that. Live with that guilt that I let my children down and it’s led in a way to a great relationship now because we talk about so much stuff.”Any time we have an issue we have a thing where we say, ‘assume the position’ and we all sit and say, ‘right, it’s my turn to speak’ and we all listen. They ask me any questions they like and I have to answer them truthfully,” Warne, the second highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, said.”The real me is preferring to be on the couch with my kids, in tracksuit pants. The other stuff is a bit of fun but I much prefer the quiet life. But it’s about balance. Too much couch time and chilling and you crave a bit of social stuff and too much social stuff and you crave being at home,” he went on to add.Among all of his 708 Test wickets, one holds a very special in his heart. The Ball of the Century, which Warne bowled to dismissed Mike Gatting in 1993, is the most famous delivery any bowler has ever bowled in the history of the game. And Warne did it with his first delivery in an Ashes series.Warne though, calls it a fluke that changed his life forever. “It was the perfect leg break,” he said.”To do it first ball in an Ashes series, I look back and say, ‘yes’ it was a fluke but I think it was meant to be. It changed my life. I was 23 and I didn’t know how to cope with the attention off the field. I’d walk out of the hotel with the whole team and there’d be 20 photographers taking pictures of me.”I remember going to Bristol and every kid had zinc cream on trying to bowl leg breaks. I was blown away. We’d go for a beer after play and there’d be 15 photographers taking my picture of me stuffing my face with chips.”At that time I didn’t understand why they were doing it. I’m proud of how I handled it. Yes I made a few mistakes but there’s no school you go to which says if this happens this is what you do,” Warne said.advertisementWarne played his first Test match in 1992, and took over 1,000 international wickets (in Tests and One-Day Internationals).A useful lower-order batsman, Warne also scored over 3000 Test runs. He played domestic cricket for his home state of Victoria, and English domestic cricket for Hampshire. He also captained the Rajasthan Royals to victory in the IPL in 2008. He officially retired from all formats in 2013.last_img