Cricketers around the world are reacting after the death of Australian spinner Shane Warne. At the same time, former Indian player Sunil Gavaskar also commented on Shane Warne, which the Australian media did not like at all. Sunil Gavaskar’s statement has also been condemned in some circles of the Australian media.
Indeed, Sunil Gavaskar believes that the late Shane Warne bowled magically in his career, but he is not the greatest spinner of all time, as his performance in India was ‘average’. Gavaskar is being slammed for the timing of this statement. Gavaskar’s statement on social media was described as shameful.
Warne has taken 708 wickets in 145 Tests for Australia since his international debut in 1992. He took 293 wickets in 194 ODIs. When asked whether he considers Warne to be the greatest spinner. To this, Gavaskar said that he would put Indian spinners and Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan above Warne. He said, ‘I will not say that. In my view, the Indian spinner and Muttiah Muralitharan are better than him.”
He said, ‘The reason for this is because Shane Warne’s record against India has been average. In India, he took five wickets in Nagpur only once.’ Gavaskar said, ‘He did not get much success against Indian players, because Indians play spin very well. That’s why I wouldn’t call him the greatest. Muttiah Muralitharan has been more successful against India. I will keep him above Warne.
International media have also condemned Gavaskar’s on Shane Warne. Fox News says ‘this is not the right time’.
While ‘News.com.au’ said, “Gavaskar’s statement is strange, as he himself admitted that it is most difficult for a bowler to master the art of leg-spin.”
British journalist Jack Mendel said, “Sunny this was not the right time. This question could have been avoided. His funeral is yet to take place.”