Shane Warne Says Why Sachin Tendulkar Is So Special

Former Australian spinner Shane Warne recently focused on not including players like Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in his all-time IPL XI. Now, Warne has come out with an explanation as to why he didn't pick the players mentioned above the team. The 50-year-old played for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL from 2008 to 2011. Surprisingly, he guided his inexperienced team to win the first season of a cash-strapped league. He has taken 57 wickets in 55 games in his successful IPL career. Later, Warne mentored the Royals in the tournament, and he still invested his shares with former IPL champions. Shane Warne defended his IPL XI Recently, in an Instagram live session, Warne revealed his all-time IPL XI, where he picked only Indian players. He picked Rohit Sharma and Virender Sehwag as openers for the team. Spin all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja followed by Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, and MS Dhoni for the middle order. The former player only made one major spinner in his team - Harbhajan Singh. Meanwhile, in the fast bowling line-up are Munaf Patel, Siddharth Trivedi, and Zaheer Khan. Yusuf Pathan also praised the performances in a live Instagram session. In 2008, Pathan scored against the Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium, scoring 56 off 39 balls in the final against Chennai Super Kings. Rajasthan helped the Royals win the IPL opening season. After Warne revealed his IPL XI, fans were trolling him for not including players like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sachin Tendulkar, and Gautam Gambhir. Some have questioned Shane Warne on Twitter as to why he didn't pick the best players in the Indian Premier League in his preferred XI. Now, Shane Warne has come out clarifying his selection. The former Aussie player said that he played in IPL from 2008 to 2011. So, he has picked only those cricketers that he found best in that particular period. The 50-year-old took to his Twitter handle and wrote, “FYI – In the 4 yrs I played IPL between 2008-11 & didn’t include any internationals!.”
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Shane Warne: “Sachin Is The Best Who Can Play In Any Conditions”

Legendary spinner Shane Warne has spoken about some of the best batsmen during his times and what made them special. He chose Sachin Tendulkar as the best batsman who could play in any conditions.

Considered as one of the greatest spinners of all time, Warne interacted with his fans on the Instagram live session.

When the topic of who is the best batsman of his time raised, the retired cricketer said he would prefer Sachin over another batting great Brian Lara as the best batsman who could play in any conditions though it would be a toss-up.

The 50-year-old replied, “If I have to choose any batsman to bat in any conditions, it is a real toss-up between Tendulkar and (Brian) Lara, but I would just choose Tendulkar.”

But Warne acknowledged Lara’s greatness when he said he would pick him over any other batsman if the chasing down score is 400 on the fifth day.

“If we have to chase 400 runs on the last day, I will pick Lara,” added the leg spinner who had an illustrious career where he took more than 700 wickets.

He further added, “There were these two guys, then there was daylight, and after that, the rest of the batsmen came.”

When asked about former Australia world cup winning captain Steve Waugh who was known for his determination Warne told that he was someone who could rescue the team from volatile situations.

David Warner Not Included In His Best Eleven

“Steve was more of a match saver than a match-winner,” Warne said about Waugh, whom he named in his all-time Australian Test XI to be led by Allan Border.

About his dream team, he said that he chose only players he played with, and hence David Warner was excluded but praised Warner that he was one of the most excellent openers for Australia.

Warne team consists of Matthew Hayden, Michael Slater Ricky Ponting, Mark Waugh, Border, and Steve Waugh, Adam Gilchrist, Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie, Bruce Reid, and Tim May.

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