new Delhi. Legendary Sachin Tendulkar has paid tribute to the late Shane Warne, calling him a “tough competitor” who always had to prepare differently to face him. That’s because the Australian spin legend was very good at playing the ‘mind game’ and didn’t let his gestures make him feel anything.
one of the all-time greats of the game Shane Warne He died of a heart attack in Thailand on March 4 at the age of 52. Sachin Tendulkar Said, ‘My first proper series against Shane Warne was in India in 1998. Everyone had termed that series as Tendulkar vs Shane Warne. Such things will put you under pressure. When you are facing a world class bowler like him, you cannot take things for granted.
According to Tendulkar, ‘So I had to prepare well, not only in the nets but also when you are sitting in the room you have to be one step ahead of them. You have to know what he must be thinking because he was very good at creating pressure and used to play mind games and keep strategizing to get you out. Tendulkar faced Warne several times but the 1998 series in India holds an important place in the cricket legends.
‘Had to be alert all the time with Shane Warne’
Tendulkar said, ‘If you look at his gestures, it did not matter. No one knew about his gesture whether Warne had taken four wickets, had taken five wickets or had not taken a single wicket. He was a tough competitor and it was evident in each and every delivery of his. So even if you were facing him in the last overs of the day, you had to be careful. There were many good spinners, but Shane stood out. He was one of the few bowlers against whom you could not hit the ball on the bounce. He had a different outlook towards life. He was always positive and warmly welcomed. It is really difficult to accept that he is no more with us.