Shane Warne's take on the Sachin v/s Lara debate

It won't be wrong to say that Shane Warne was arguably the greatest spinner to have played the game. He was a master with the ball in hand and it was a sheer pleasure to watch him bowl leg-spin. He took 708 wickets in Test cricket while the leggie scalped 293 wickets in ODIs.

Warne retired in 2007 from international cricket. He got the chance to bowl to two geniuses of the game, namely, India's Sachin Tendulkar and West Indies' Brian Lara. It was always difficult to pick one between Sachin and Lara. Even Warne who bamboozled many a batsman finds it difficult to choose one.

Speaking to NDTV, the legendary cricketer said, “Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara, easily, were the best batsmen of our generation, my time. If I want someone to score a hundred on the final day of the Test series, I would send Lara. But if I want someone to bat for my life day in, day out, I would send Tendulkar, he was a class act.”

Warne also recalled his first impression of Sachin Tendulkar and the Indian team. The former Aussie player said, "Sachin, who looked about 12, I think he was 17, went to make a hundred. It was my first introduction to India. We won the series comfortably."

Warne also reflected on his poor record in India. "It's not a regret. I had a shoulder and a finger operation in two of the tours in India which was really disappointing. The Indian side back then had Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman, and Sehwag. It was very hard over there in India. I gave my best but they were too good," he said.

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