Sachin Tendulkar recalls dilemma facing Shane Warne in first meeting
- Sachin Tendulkar faced Shane Warne for the first time in 1998
- The two cricketers shared an epic rivalry on the pitch
- Warne died on March 4 in Thailand at the age of 52
Shane Warne was a "fierce competitor" remarked Sachin Tendulkar while recalling the legendary leg-spinner's exploits on the field. Warne died on March 4 in Thailand at the age of 52. Recalling Warne’s greatness, Tendulkar, who shared an epic rivalry with the Australia great, said that his first series against Warne had put him under pressure.
"My first proper series against Shane Warne was in 1998 in India and everyone tagged that series as Tendulkar versus Shane Warne clash. That kind of following is going to put you under pressure,” recalled Tendulkar.
"When you are playing a world-class bowler like him, you just can't turn up and hope that things are going to be okay.
"So I had to prepare properly, not just out being there at the nets but when you're sitting in the room, you have to be a step ahead of him, what he would be thinking because he was extremely good in putting pressure and playing mind games and trying to plan your dismissal."
Since 1998 Tendulkar shared a fierce rivalry with Warne till the latter’s retirement in 2007. Tendulkar and Warne’s rivalry was between two of cricket’s artist cricketers. Their rivalry has become folklore in cricket.
“It didn't matter, you looked at his body language. One didn't know whether Warne had picked up four wickets, five wickets or he was bowling wicketless. Every delivery that he bowled, he was a fierce competitor
"So even if you're facing the second last over of the day, one had to keep their eyes open, because he was always up to something and trying to figure out how could he dismissed,” added Tendulkar.
"Most potent player": Lara
Meanwhile, another rival of Warne, West Indies great Brian Lara hailed the Australian cricket as the "most potent player", who sealed his place "in the upper echelons of world cricket" with his performances in the Ashes series, which included the ball of the century that he bowled to England's Mike Gatting in 1993.
"I grew up in a country where spin bowling dominated. The lower part of the Caribbean, Trinidad, Guyana, we played spin very well. And Warne posed a lot of trouble for a lot of other players. I found myself winning a lot of those battles, but he never gave up," Lara said.