Warne picks Tendulkar to bat for his life

The former leg-spinner describes the Indian as “a class act.”

Shane Warne (right) would choose Sachin Tendulkar (left) “to bat for my life day in, day out.”   -  AFP

Former Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne has said would choose Sachin Tendulkar to bat for his life.

“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 told NDTV.

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He was in conversation to discuss his new autobiography ‘No Spin’.

No regret

Warne said his poor record in Tests in India as compared to other countries does not affect him. “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 with Sachin, [Rahul]Dravid, [Sourav] Ganguly, [V. V. S.] Laxman and [Virender] Sehwag. It was very hard over there in India. I gave my best but they were too good,” he said.

Commenting on the book, Warne said: “The book is an intense, personal account of my life. I’ve been brutally honest in the book. About my personal life, my relationship with my children, cricket family.”