“In hindsight, this question shouldn’t have been asked and I shouldn’t have answered because it wasn’t the right time for a comparison or an assessment,” Gavaskar posted on Instagram in response to criticism from his declaration.
“Warne was one of the greatest players to ever grace the game. Rodney Marsh was also one of the best wicket keepers. May their souls rest in peace,” he added.
Gavaskar said all he wanted to do was give an honest opinion when asked the question.
Gavaskar had earlier said that while Warne sent ‘magical deliveries’ and mastered a difficult craft during his career, he was not the greatest spinner of all time as his performance in India was ‘pretty ordinary’, a vision which has been criticized as bad. -timed in select sections of media Down Under.
Warne, since his debut in 1992, has played 145 Tests for Australia, collecting 708 wickets with his leg rotation. In his 194 ODI appearances, he collected 293 scalps.
But when Gavaskar was asked if the Aussie was the greatest spinner he had seen, the former India captain said he rated Indian spinners and former Sri Lankan bowler Muttiah Muralitharan higher. than Warne.
“No, I wouldn’t say no. For me Indian spinners and Muttiah Muralitharan were definitely better than Shane Warne,” Gavaskar said on ‘India Today’.
“Because look at Shane Warne’s record against India. It was pretty ordinary. In India, he only got five wickets once in Nagpur, and that too because Zaheer Khan fought hard against him to give him a fife.
Warne, 52, died of a heart attack on Friday in Koh Samui, Thailand, sending shockwaves through the cricketing world.
“Because he didn’t have much success against Indian players who were very good spin players, I don’t think I would call him the greatest,” Gavaskar said.
“Muttiah Muralitharan with greater success than he had against India, I would rank him over Warne in my book,” he added.
Another spin legend, Muralitharan (800) finished with more wickets than Warne (708).
Gavaskar’s criticism of Warne’s record in India prompted strong reactions Down Under, forcing the batting maestro to offer an explanation.
Gavaskar’s inappropriate comments about Warne were derided by Australian media: “Honestly… Now is not the time: Indian legend slammed for Warne’s ‘shameful’ claim,” reads the headline. FoxNews.
“Gavaskar’s call was more of a headache as it came after he admitted Warne’s leg rotation was the hardest art to master as a bowler,” news.com-au said. in his report.
The report also featured a tweet from British journalist Jack Mendal, who said: “Honestly Sunny now is not the time…could have just avoided it. Body not even cold yet.”
Gavaskar, 72, also praised Warne and acknowledged he had honed a difficult craft and worked magic on the pitch.
“He’s mastered a craft that’s so hard to master, which is the wrist spin. To pick over 700 wickets as he did in Test cricket and hundreds more in one-day cricket you said what a bowler he was,” Gavaskar said. .
“The finger rotation is a lot easier, you have a lot more control over what you want to throw, but the leg or wrist rotation is very, very difficult.
“For him to have performed the way he did, the way he seemed to create magic, the way he seemed to be able to deliver magic at will was why he was revered around the world” , he added.