Shane Warne continues to prove that he possesses one of the greatest cricketing minds the sport has ever encountered.
The late Australian Spin King has delivered on his promises again, with a tweet from seven years ago resurfacing on Monday.
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Travis Head wrote his name in the record books after completing one of the great innings of the World Cup to guide Australia to World Cup glory.
Australia claimed a six-wicket victory with 42 balls remaining but the result was anything but easy.
After the Australians hesitated at the start of the chase, it was Face that saved the day with a masterful round that few saw coming.
Head entered the World Cup campaign under serious clouds after suffering a broken hand, with questions raised from the start over his place in the Australian team.
But one man saw it coming long before anyone else. The great Shane Warne.
A tweet from Warnie from December 2016 started making the rounds on social media after Head’s exploits and it shows how far ahead of the game he was.
“I’m a big fan of Travis Head as a cricketer, I think he will be a future star for Australia in all forms of the game,” the tweet read.
We really shouldn’t be surprised by the leg-spin superstar’s absurdity, as he has consistently displayed his Nostradamus-like abilities throughout his illustrious career.
In 2011, while playing for the Melbourne Stars, Warnie predicted how he would fare will fire Brendon McCullum live on air…moments later he delivered.
In 2018, he used his foresight to predict three wickets on the fourth day of the first Test between India and Australia.
However, arguably his greatest prediction came during the 1999 Cricket World Cup, when he correctly predicted Herschelle Gibbs’ infamous dropped catch that cost South Africa the trophy.
“The craziest thing about it was the day before at the team meeting, Warnie said ‘if you hit the ball to Herschelle Gibbs and he catches it, don’t leave your territory, stay there for a while,’” Adam Gilchrist said on Podcast The Miracle of 99 from Fox Cricket.
“We all thought ‘you’re crazy, Warnie’. He was Nostradamus.
Although Warnie saw it coming, not even Head could have predicted the wild ride he was about to embark on in the World Cup final.
He further cemented his reputation as a big-game player, adding World Cup Final Player of the Match to his Player of the Match in the semi-final against South Africa and the World Championship final test, which also took place against India.
“What an incredible day. I’m just excited to be a part of it,” Head said.
Asked how it feels to be on the list of Australia’s World Cup final centurions alongside Australian legends Gilchrist and Ponting, Head laughed: “I’m definitely third on that list.
“It’s nice to be a part of it. Again, it’s really nice to be here and it’s nice to contribute. Yeah, like I just told the boys, I’m looking forward to the reunion.