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Sunil Gavaskar regrets his ill-timed comment on late Shane Warne Sunil Gavaskar
(From L to R) Sunil Gavaskar and Shane Warne | Image Credit: Instagram/Sunil Gavaskar and Wallpaper Cave

Sunil Gavaskar regrets his ill-timed comment on late Shane Warne

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 08 Mar 2022, 11:46 am

Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar, who was in the eye of a storm of netizens for evaluating the performance of former Australian cricketer Shane Warne who passed away last week, on Tuesday regretted his comment which he felt was ill-timed.

After Warne passed away last Friday, Gavaskar during a television show compared Warne's bowling records with other spinners in the world, refusing to call the Aussie legend the best in the world in spin department.

After the netizens slammed him, Gavaskar said in an Instagram video, "On TV, I was asked by an anchor whether Warne was the greatest spinner ever and I gave my honest, personal opinion."

"In hindsight, that question shouldn't have been asked nor should I have answered because that was not the time for any comparison or cricketing evaluation," he added.

"Warne was one of the greatest cricketers to have ever graced the game. Rodney Marsh too was one of the greatest wicketkeepers that the game has seen. May their souls rest in eternal peace," Gavaskar added.

In the television show, Gavaskar had said Warne was not the greatest spinner as his record in India was "pretty ordinary".

"No... For me, the Indian spinners and Muttiah Muralitharan were certainly better than Shane Warne," Gavaskar told India Today.

"Because look at Shane Warne's record against India. It was pretty ordinary. In India, he got five wickets only once in Nagpur, and that too because Zaheer Khan swung wildly against him to give him a fifer," he had said.

Warne had picked 708 wickets in 145 Tests and 293 wickets in 194 One Day Internationals (ODIs).

Sending shockwaves to the cricket fraternity, Warne on Friday passed away at the age of 52.

He died of a heart attack in Thailand.