'Not proud of all of my decisions': Shane Warne on his past controversies

WION Web Team
New Delhi, India Published: May 14, 2020, 04.48 PM(IST)

File photo of former Australian cricketer Shane Warne. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

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Shane Warne has opened up on the dark phase of his career as the legendary Aussie spinner said he is not proud of all his decisions while adding he let his family down because of his actions in the past.

Former Australian cricketer and one of the legends of the game, Shane Warne’s career was a topsy-turvy ride. While the former leg-spinner ended being the second-highest wicket-taker in the history of Test cricket, Warne’s off-field controversies created headlines for all wrong reasons. Now, Warne has opened up on the dark phase of his career as he said he is not proud of all his decisions while adding he let his family down because of his actions in the past. 

Warne was tested positive for a banned substance and even had war of words with former skipper Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting. Additionally, his off-the-field life was marred with several alleged affairs as Warne kept on hitting headlines for his bowling and his off-field antics. 

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“I’m not proud of all of my decisions. I made some horrible mistakes and choices with things. But I was always true to myself and that’s what I’m proud of today,” Warne said during the show ‘A Week with Warnie’.

“Some of the things were really hard to take. I let my family down, I embarrassed my children ... but that’s something I have to live with.

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“But for all of those bad choices I’ve also been very proud of all the good things I’ve done. I’ve done a lot of good things but sometimes people like to harp on about the bad things because it’s a better headline,” he added.

The leg-spin maestro further said that during the mid and late 90s he acted arrogantly which got him into trouble frequently. He further said that he used to get into trouble as he never thought about the consequences. 

“I think some of my actions in the mid-90s and towards the end of the late 90s -- I acted in a sort of arrogant, pretty ordinary fashion all the time,” Warne said.

“I live in the moment so sometimes you don’t think about the consequences and that was probably most of my trouble. I didn’t think what the consequences were or what effect it would have on other people.
“It was a selfish thing. I did what I wanted to do, and that got me into a bit of trouble.”
 

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