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Sunil Gavaskar skewered on ‘Don’t think (Shane Warne) the greatest’ remark

Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar has expressed his shock at the untimely death of Australian spin great Shane Warne. Gavaskar praised Warne’s contribution to cricket, however, said the Australian was not the greatest spinner of all time. , the Indian big hitter and former India captain said “Indian spinners and Muttiah Muralitharan were definitely better than Warne”.

Shane Warne took 708 Test wickets and another 293 at one-day internationals, but Gavaskar said he felt Sri Lankan spin ace Muralitharan was a “rank above him”.

“For me, Indian spinners and Muttiah Muralitharan were definitely better than Warne. Because look at Warne’s record against India. It was pretty ordinary against India,” Gavaskar said on India Today.

“Because he hasn’t had much success against Indian players, who are very good spin bowlers, I don’t think I would call him the greatest. I think Muttiah Muralitharan with the success that he had against India would rank above him in my book.”

“He was always looking to live his life to the fullest, king size as they call it and he did and maybe because he lived his life that way is maybe why his heart doesn’t couldn’t take it and he passed away so early,” Gavaskar said.

The timing of Gavaskar’s comments and his remark about the Aussie lifestyle upset some of Warne’s fans on social media.

“Sunil Gavaskar takes advantage of the death of Shane Warne to say that Indian spinners and Muralitharan were better, because of their records against India. Honestly, Sunny, now is not the time… could have just avoid. Body not even cold yet,” another user wrote.

Warne’s death followed that of fellow Aussie great, wicketkeeper Rod Marsh, aged 74.

“In the space of 24 hours the cricketing world has lost two giants of the game, not just Australian cricket but the cricketing world. Rodney Marsh and then Shane Warne. It’s unbelievable. Hard to master,” said Gavaskar .

“He (Warne) has mastered a craft which is so difficult, which is wrist spinning. To pick over 700 wickets as he did in Test cricket, hundreds more in cricket from a day tell you how good a bowler he was.

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“Finger rotation is a lot easier, you have more control over what you want to throw, but leg rotation or wrist rotation is very difficult. For him to have played the way he did, the way he seemed to create magic…at will was why he was revered throughout the cricketing world.”

(With Reuters entries)

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