Sachin Tendulkar calls Shane Warne a “fierce competitor” against whom he always had to prepare differently. Warne, one of the greatest players of all time, died at the age of 52 from a suspected heart attack in Thailand on March 4. A state commemoration is planned in the MCG on Wednesday. “My first real series against Shane Warne was in India in 1998 and everyone labeled that series as Tendulkar vs Shane Warne clash. That kind of following will pressure you,” Tendulkar said.
“When you play a world-class bowler like him, you just can’t show up and hope everything turns out okay.
“So I had to prepare well, not only when I was with the nets, but when you’re in the room, you have to be one step ahead of him, which he would think, because he was extremely good at putting pressure and playing mind games and trying to plan your layoff.” Tendulkar had many fierce battles with Warne and the 1998 series in India will remain a part of cricket folklore.
“It didn’t matter, you looked at his body language. You didn’t know if Warne had picked up four wickets, five wickets or if he was bowling wicketless. With every pitch he threw, he was a fierce competitor.”
“So even if you’re on the penultimate day of the day, you had to keep their eyes open because he was always up to something and trying to figure out how to leave.”
West Indies beating the great Brain Lara also hailed Warne as the “most powerful player”, sealing his place “in the higher echelons of world cricket” with his appearances in the Ashes series, including the Ball of the Century he won. to England pitched Mike Gatting in 1993.
“I grew up in a country where spin bowling dominated. In the lower Caribbean, Trinidad, Guyana, we played spin very well. And Warne caused a lot of trouble for a lot of other players. I found myself winning a lot those fights, but he never gave up,” he said.
“He always produced that miracle birth, the one you didn’t know was coming. So I always had my eyes open for Warne throughout my career. He was just a great bowler, bowling in attack that had great fast bowlers.”
Thinking back to his last meeting with Warne in 2021, Tendulkar said: “After the last IPL I went to spend some time in London where we got in touch. There was never a dull moment. He was full of entertainment, full of jokes and you know that one. battles that are mini-leagues.
“I realized it wasn’t all about spin, the swing was natural to him. He was a good golfer. I hate to say he was a good golfer because it’s hard to accept what was going on. happened and for us he will live on in our hearts.
“…He had a great attitude to life. Always positive and always welcoming. It’s really hard to accept that he’s not with us anymore…” Tendulkar said “there were some good spinners, but Shane was different”.
“One of those very few bowlers you couldn’t hit the ball on in the rise. He was someone when you didn’t get on the field of the ball, nobody was expected to ride in the rise,” he said .
“That was his class as he let the ball float and that can only happen if you have strong shoulders and you give it a tug, the ball floats down the leg and then spins away from you.
“I also had to practice because until then no one had bowled for the wicket in the rough, trying to get you out. It was mostly bowled to keep things under control. If the batter scored runs, to give him a bit to slow down.
“But Shane was actually looking to get the batter out, so you had to prepare the defensive and offensive options.”