Shane Warne memorial: 1 billion people tune in to bid cricket legend farewell

The world of cricket bid farewell to Shane Warne on Wednesday in an incredible state memorial service in Melbourne, Australia.

Per a report in The Sun, a staggering one billion people tuned in to the memorial service at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

300 million viewers were expected from India alone, with the memorial service also broadcast in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Africa and the UK.

Warne was regarded as the greatest spin bowler of all time, racking up over 700 test match wickets, he also scored 3154 runs at an average of 17.3.

The service was expected to be a light-hearted affair dubbed to be the ‘greatest party ever’ in a nod to the cricketer’s party-boy lifestyle.

Among those attending were Australian pop stars Danii and Kylie Minogue, while actor Hugh Jackman and singer Ed Sheeran paid tribute in a pre-recorded message.

Sir Elton John paid tribute to his great friend before dedicating Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me to Warne’s children Brooke, Summer and Jackson.

“It’s a sad day today, but it’s not in other ways…. his legacy will live on.” John said

“He loved to play Cricket and he loved life”

Coldplay’s Chris Martin sang Yellow for his ‘good friend’. Martin said: “How lucky we were to get to know that…that light will continue to burn bright in our memories forever more. We will miss you Warnie.”

Robbie Williams said he only crossed paths with the legendary cricketer a few times, but said it felt like he knew him for a lifetime.

Williams went on to perform a goosebump-inducing rendition of his hit song Angels.

Around 500 seats were reserved for dignitaries, including Australia’s prime minister Scott Morrison.

Warne’s private funeral took place 10 days ago with around 80 people in attendance including Aussie Cricket legends Michael Clarke, Mark Taylor, Allan Border, Mark Maugh and Ian Healy.

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