Sachin my favourite batsman: Warne

April 30th, 2009 - 12:03 am ICT by IANS  

Sachin Tendulkar By Fakir Hassen
Johannesburg, April 29 (IANS) Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne has named master-blaster Sachin Tendulkar as his all-time favourite batsman.

Speaking at a function hosted here by sponsors Tata Communications Services, Warne, joined by South African captain Graeme Smith and other members of the team, took to the podium to field questions from the floor and share their experiences so far in the Indian Premier League (IPL) series being played out across South Africa until May 25.

“Over all the years there have been a lot of wonderful batsmen, so it is pretty hard to pick between Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar,” Warne said in reply to a question about his favourite batsman.

“But I think given the way Sachin handles everything and the expectations that he carries every single time that he walks out to bat, and the way he handles bad decisions and the way he just carries himself; I would have to say Sachin Tendulkar was the best batsman that I have played with in my 20 years of playing international cricket.

“My biggest bunny, I suppose, would have to be (South African) Darryl Cullinan,” he added.

A “bunny” is one who cannot bat and who often gets out to one bowler, in this case Warne.

“I was once asked who I would like to bowl to for a living. I said I would be a very rich man if I was to bowl to (Cullinan).”

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