When Shane Warne sledged Sourav Ganguly: People haven't come to watch you
- Shane Warne had his own style of sledging batsmen
- Though he was a successful spinner with 708 Test wickets, his exploits against India was not outstanding
- In the 1999 Adelaide Test, Ganguly scored a half-century before being bamboozled by Warne
Shane Warne's untimely death at the age of 52 forced the cricketing world to recollect the Australian star's life. Warne was known for creating magic on the field. His hallucinatory effect on batsmen would often result in wickets. Warne never used to hide his trickery and skills, unlike other spinners. He was transparent in his approach to bowling and often would reveal what he would do in the next delivery. Despite that batters could not tackle him.
Warne was so good with his skills that his bowling was like a live form of art.
Warne was never known for sledging but he often used to get under the skin of batters to get better of them. One such incident happened with former India captain Sourav Ganguly during the 1999 Test match between Australia and India in Adelaide. But his record against India had never been outstanding. Indian players were outstanding against him. But on that occasion, Warne got the better of both.
"To give you a classic example. Australia were playing India at the Adelaide Oval, and Shane had come round the wicket bowling to Ganguly. Now, Tendulkar was at the non-striker's end. So Shane bowled three or four balls wide into the footmarks – some of them didn't hit the footmarks so they didn't come back as much, and Ganguly was just kicking them away," Australia great Ian Chappell said in the documentary 'Shane'.
"And after three or four of these, Shane said 'Hey mate, these 40,000 people here haven’t come here to see you block and kicking the ball, they have come to watch this bloke Sachin play shots.' And about an over later, Ganguly ran down the track trying to hit him down the ground and he was out stumped."
The Adelaide Test was the first match of the three-match Test series between Australia and India. India lost the series 0-3. Tendulkar and Ganguly had both scored half-centuries in India's first innings before falling to Warne. Tendulkar was out bat and pad to a sharp catch taken at the forward short leg by Justin Langer, while Ganguly got foxed by a top spinner as the ball stayed low after landing on the footmarks.