'Warne blinded batsmen with his drift' - Tendulkar

On winning ESPNcricinfo's Cricketer of the Generation Award, Sachin Tendulkar talks about his peers, Shane Warne and Jacques Kallis

March 14, 2014

Posted by Chris_P on (March 16, 2014, 20:24 GMT)

@Dasith Sean Wijesiriwardena. You answered your own question. Murali was THE strike bowler and collected most of the scalps, many times while Warne watched as the outstanding bowlers in his team cleaned up. McGrath, Lee, Hughes, Gillespie, Macgill, McDermott all had 200 plus wickets, then add quality bowlers like Kasprowicz & Reiffel also taking wickets meant he didn't have the same opportunities Murali did to stack on the wickets. Let's not even discuss Murali's records against Zim & BD. I get tired when everyone quotes wickets. Murali played half his games on wickets suiting him (no problem with that either) but Warne's home wickets favoured pace bowlers. Let's view them head to head, same bowling conditions, that is. Sri Lanka/Australia they both played in, Warne's average is lower than Murali's in both in Sri Lanka AND Australia. And Warne bowled to some of the best players of spin bowling around. I saw them both as well, while admire Murali very much, still rate SKW higher.

Posted by Dirtysneakers on (March 16, 2014, 14:55 GMT)

interesting little fact about murali. he played a combined 25 test matches against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh taking 176 wickets in those tests. warney only ever played a combined 3 tests against those sides. all im saying his almost a fourth of muralis wickets came against those two teams, in my opinion shane warne was the superior spin bowler

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 7:00 GMT)

@Chris_P then why does Murali have a far greater record against Tendulkar than Warne? Also the only time Murali had decent support from the other end while playing Australia was when he played for the World XI and he got a 5 for then. Murali would have a far greater strike rate if he had decent bowlers like McGrath, Lee, Gillespie to soften the batsmen from the other end. Often Murali was just blocked by opposing teams and attacked other bowlers. But he still has a better strike rate than Warne. Stats will only tell you a rough picture. You have to have watched them in action to make a judgment. Warne best times were in late 90s and Murali's was in early to mid 2000s. Having watched them both it's hard to say one was better. Legspin bowling is prettier on the eye but Murali perhaps is the only bowler to bowl offspin with a wrist action. But if you're going by stats you will find it hard to say Murali wasn't the best bowler ever.

Posted by Chris_P on (March 15, 2014, 19:25 GMT)

johnathonjosephs. You mean the way the Aussies pulverized Murali in Australia? 71 average, I believe? Got it. All this shows is the great amount of respect SRT had for Warne, to have dedicated nearly 4 weeks to practice for him would suggest how highly he thought of him. yes they attacked him, they were outstanding batsmen, but not too many others did.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2014, 15:23 GMT)

Come on lets vote for a bowler now. It has been the batsman bastion for long, now they must have given this to Warnie. This man took 700 wickets test wickets not a mean achievement. we all know Sachin as the greatest batsman of our era, but that does not mean all bowlers of that era are from mars. Simple put it it was a population related vote more the goats more the milk.

Posted by Arrow011 on (March 15, 2014, 15:09 GMT)

Lara was a flamboyant batsman but look at his record in India, he was just a bunny, yes a bit better than Ponting who was a non scorer in Indian pitches. Kallis was perhaps the most dullest cricketer to have played the great game, warne was the only contender but if anybody who followed cricket in the last 20 years or so then Warne had his good share of controversies too. I am a Warne fan too.

Posted by Kod. on (March 15, 2014, 14:30 GMT)

I mean what is wrong with all these people commenting.. SRT well deserving of this award. LARA KALLIS AND WARN wow we are so so blessed to see these talents. Sachin has been playing this for such a long time.. He has performed all over the world. He deserves every respect and so do lara kallis and Warne.. I think they should have given 4 Trophies for all for of them. It wouldve been awesome to see all 4 of them up there. Enjoy cricket appriciate talent, selected few has it to perfrom to the level of they have performed. Thank you all of you. You all are an inspiration to all of us.

Posted by Mervo on (March 15, 2014, 11:09 GMT)

Sachin was a durable batsman and a long playing batsman, but not a game changer. This was an Indian competition and they got the predictable outcome. No surprise. Other judges have said entirely different things, as they should. Kallis was the better cricketer, as was Warne and Lara. None lasted as long as Sachin however.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2014, 10:06 GMT)

This was just a popularity vote and we all know India has the biggest population out of all of cricketing nations and obviously they would all vote for Tendulkar.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2014, 0:52 GMT)

True Gentleman of cricket! This Cricketer of the Generation Award only belongs to him! #Respect Sir #SRT

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