Legendary Indian cricketer, Sunil Gavaskar made a comment on the sudden demise of the legendary Australian cricketer, Shane Warne did not go down well with fans on Twitter. Gavaskar lashed out at the batting maestro for commenting on his record against India on the day of his death. Warne took his last breath at eth age of 52 of a suspected heart attack in Thailand.
While expressing his shock at the demise of the former Australian cricketer, Sunil Gavaskar was asked to compare Warne and rate him among the greatest spinners to have ever played the game of cricket, however, he refused to put his name on that list and instead opined that Indian spinners and Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan had a better record than Warne.
During a chat on India Today on Friday, Sunil Gavaskar said, “No, I wouldn’t say that no. For me the Indian spinners and Muttiah Muralitharan were better than Shane Warne. 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 further added, “Because he did not have much success against Indian players who were very good players of spin, I don’t think I would call him the greatest. Muttiah Muralitharan with a greater success he had against India, I would rank him over Warne in my book.”
Shane Warne, the legend has played 145 Test matches and 194 ODIs between 1992 and 2007. He finished his career with a whopping 293 ODI wickets and 708 Test wickets as well. Warne made his Test debut against India in Sydney way back in 1992 and followed it with an ODI debut against New Zealand in the next year as well.
Here is how the fans criticized Sunil Gavaskar for his insensitive comments:
Very poor commentary by Sunil Gavaskar….. He refused to call Shane Warne the greatest spinner ever because his number in India and against Indian batsman is not good…. So shameful.#Disgraceful
— Sadaf Shamim (@imSadafShamim) March 5, 2022
Sunil Gavaskar refuses to call Shane Warne the greatest spinner ever because he didn't take enough wicket in India and Indian Batsman.
Can he say same about Sachin who didn't have great numbers against say Glenn McGrath?
He should've said 'Not today'
— Mihir Jha (@MihirkJha) March 4, 2022
Sunil Gavaskar, the most overrated cricketer. He must feel this pain and so he utter this insensitivity in his speeches. He is rated way above his pay grade due to paid media. He is no great & people will always remember him for being a selfish person. Shane Warne was great pic.twitter.com/dDxN8Mdsde
— 𝙰 𝙵𝚘𝚛𝚜𝚊𝚔𝚎𝚗 𝙼𝚘𝚗𝚔 (@ankit_kashyap7) March 5, 2022
Dear Sunil Gavaskar sir,
Late Shane Warne had Glen McGrath, Damien Fleming, Jason Gillespie, Brett Lee with more than 1000 test wickets in his team and yet he had 708 test wickets.if you are saying he is not the best spinner ever played then you are smoking something really bad.
— siddharth barjatya (@sidbarjatya) March 5, 2022
Sunil Gavaskar on national television talking about Warne's poor bowling record in India and also insinuating that his heart couldn't keep up with his lifestyle.
How is it possible to be so bereft of class and basic humanness?
— Shubi Arun (@loudspeaker19) March 4, 2022
It's ok for Sunil Gavaskar not acknowledging Warne as the greatest spinner but suggesting that his heart couldn't take his king style lifestyle and he died was unnecessary, distasteful, and heartless thing to say while cricketing world mourns Shane Warne's death. #ShaneWarneRIP
— Rajeesh Nair 🇮🇳 (@iRajeeshNair) March 5, 2022
Shane Warne, you were a legend, not because of the bowler you were, but because of the character you were. And Sunil Gavaskar, shame on you for not understanding this and consistently bombing people with his bowling stats. #CricketAustralia #ShaneWarne #Gavaskar #RIPShaneWarne
— Seekh Kebab (@3nplus1problem) March 5, 2022