Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has paid his tribute to the late Australian legend Shane Warne, who died due to a heart attack recently at the age of 52. Notably, both the legends had been involved in several great battles on the cricketing field and shared a good friendship and respect for each other off the field.
The 48-year-old remembered that he had last met Warne in London after the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Talking about Warne’s illustrious career, the 52-year-old had played a total of 145 Test matches where he claimed 708 wickets and still holds the record of being the second-highest wicket-taker in the world (Tests) as well.
“After the last IPL, I went to England to spend some time in London where we got in touch with each other and also planned a round of Golf. It was fun. When Shane was around, there was not a dull moment. He was full of entertainment and jokes and those mini battles that we had, I realise it was not just the spin but also the swing that came naturally to him. He was a good golfer. I hate saying he was because we have to accept what has happened. For us, he will continue to live in our hearts,” said Sachin Tendulkar in a video posted on his YouTube channel.
“I enjoyed physically meeting him in London but even post that, I remember my last message to him was when he met with a bike accident. I said hope you are okay, everything is fine? He said no I just took my bike out for a spin and it skidded and I am injured but I should be fine. So my response to that was – you could spin the ball the way you wanted to but taking out your bike for a spin isn’t a good idea, my friend. And he responded by saying he was on pain killers for 4-5 days and that he should be okay,” he concluded.