Sunil Gavaskar praised Shane Warne’s contribution to cricket, but claim the Australian was not the best spinner of all time.
India’s greatest batsman Sunil Gavaskar expressed his shock at Australian spin legend Shane Warne’s untimely death. Warne’s contribution to cricket was lauded by Gavaskar, but the Australian was not the greatest spinner of all time, according to Gavaskar.
On India Today, former Indian captain and Indian batsman great Gavaskar said “Indian spinners and Muttiah Muralitharan were certainly better than Warne.” The Australian spinner died of a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui, Thailand, at the age of 52.
Shane Warne has 708 Test wickets and 293 in one-day internationals. But Gavaskar believes Sri Lankan spinner Muralitharan is a “rank above him.”
Sunil Gavaskar slammed Shane Warne’s comment, saying, “I don’t think I’d call him the greatest.”
“The Indian spinners and Muttiah Muralitharan were far superior to Warne in my opinion. Consider Warne’s record against India. It was a fairly ordinary performance against India “Gavaskar stated in an interview with India Today.
“I don’t think he’s the greatest because he didn’t have much success against Indian players. Who are very good spin bowlers. Muttiah Muralitharan, with his success against India, would rank higher in my opinion.”
“King size, as they say, and he did that, and perhaps because he lived life in such a way, his heart couldn’t take it and he died so soon,” Gavaskar said.
The timing of Gavaskar’s comments, as well as his remark about Australian lifestyle, irritated some of Warne’s social media followers.
Warne’s death came on the heels of that of another Australian great, wicketkeeper Rod Marsh, who died at the age of 74.
“Not only Australian cricket, but the entire cricket world, has lost two game titans in the span of 24 hours. Shane Warne came after Rodney Marsh. This is amazing. Acceptance is difficult to come by “Gavaskar elaborated.
“He (Warne) mastered a skill that is extremely difficult to master, which is wrist spin.” To pick 700-plus wickets in Test cricket and hundreds more in one-day cricket demonstrates how good a bowler he was.
“Finger spin is much easier because you have more control over what you want to bowl. But leg spin or wrist spin is extremely difficult. Because of the way he bowled, the way he seemed to create magic…at will. He was revered throughout the cricketing world.”