Calcutta: Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne on Thursday lavished praise on his long-time tormentor Sachin Tendulkar, declaring the iconic Indian batsman to be the greatest cricketer he has ever played against.
Warne, who will play his last IPL match against the Mumbai Indians on Friday, said it was only appropriate to end his IPL stint as a player against Sachin Tendulkar.
Its appropriate that my last game is versus Sachin, Warne told NDTV in an interview. Sachin is the best player I have played against.
Sachin has been my friend for a long period of time. We have bit of laugh with each other, crack jokes. I hope Sachin does not smash me all around the park tomorrow, he said.
Warne was fined a hefty $50,000 following his public spat with Rajasthan Cricket Association secretary Sanjay Dixit and the the 41-year-old Australian said that he failed to understand why nothing happened to the RCA secretary.
Unfair that I get fined while Sanjay Dixit gets away with saying whatever he feels like, Warne said.
My fight with Dixit was immature on both our parts, he added.
Warne escaped a ban but was fined heavily by the IPL's disciplinary panel for calling Dixit a liar and egoistic after an IPL match in Jaipur,
Dixit, who is also an IAS officer, had blasted Warne and Tendulkar on Twitter and trashed Warne in a website article.
I had to face the consequences but he got away simply. I dont think its fair. It should be something same for both of us. But the story is this way and one cant do much.
I had 7 days to decide on a counter claim but I did nothing. It was a silly incident and pity that it got way too much attention, he said.