Indian hockey player PR Sreejesh said that Shane Warne’s bowling against India used to scare him during childhood. The hockey goalkeeper said that there was a sense of fear whenever Warne was bowling against India.
Shane Warne passed away on Friday. He was just 52 years old. The Australian spin legend was on a vacation in Thailand when he faced a suspected heart attack. His demise sent shockwaves among the cricket fraternity.
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There Was A Sense Of Fear When Shane Warne Was Bowling: PR Sreejesh
Indian hockey player PR Sreejesh talked about Shane Warne during a conversation with News9 Sports. The hockey goalkeeper revealed how he used to be scared of Warne while watching matches of India during his childhood.
“In my childhood, I would never skip any matches of the Indian cricket team. Always made sure I watched cricket games. Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne were two extreme characters for me.
“Whenever India played against Australia, even though I believed that Sachin could hit any bowler for boundaries, there was a sense of fear when Warne was bowling,” Sreejesh said.
“It was an automatic instinct to have that fear. I cannot explain it. That was just how it was.
“You know Warne was a very good bowler, so when he bowled against Sachin that used to be the scariest moment for me. That contest between the two is the reason I can still remember those childhood matches,” Srejjesh further said.
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Sreejesh also added that we all loved Shane Warner and respected him but there was also a fear of him.
“I still cannot forget those times when the batsman would be facing Warne and let a ball go thinking it’s going to be a wide delivery. And the ball would turn like anything and would castle the batsman.
“We do love Warne. We respect him. But somewhere, there was also a fear of him. We were scared of him, that was for sure,” the hockey goalkeeper said.
Shane Warne is among the top leg spinners to play cricket to date. The former Australian player played for the national side from 1992 to 2007. During his career, he scalped 1001 wickets and still remains the 2nd highest wicket-taker of all time.
Warne played 145 Tests and picked 708 wickets at an average of 25.41. In 194 ODIs, he picked 293 wickets at an average of 25.73. He also picked 37 five-wicket hauls in Tests. His best bowling figure in Tests was 8/71 while in ODIs was 5/33.
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