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Sachin Tendulkar became emotional after remembering Shane Warne, said – he will always be alive in our hearts

new Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar paid tribute to the late Shane Warne, terming him a “tough competitor” who always had to prepare differently to face him as the Australian spin legend is very good at playing the ‘mind game’. Was and did not allow anything to be felt by his gesture. Warne, one of the game’s all-time greats, died of a heart attack in Thailand on March 4 at the age of 52.

Tendulkar said, “My first really proper series against Shane Warne was in India in 1998. Everyone had termed that series as Tendulkar vs Shane Warne. And to remind people that it was not Tendulkar vs Shane but India vs Australia.

“Such things will put you under pressure,” he said. You can’t take things for granted when you are facing a world class bowler like him.

“So I had to prepare well, not only in the nets but also when you are sitting in the room you have to be one step ahead of him,” Tendulkar said. You have to know what he must be thinking because he was very good at creating pressure and used to play mind games and keep strategizing to get you out. Tendulkar faced Warne several times but the 1998 series in India holds a significant place in cricket legends.

Tendulkar said, ‘If you look at his body language, it didn’t matter. No one knew about his body language whether Warne had taken four wickets, had taken five wickets or had not taken a single wicket. He was a tough competitor and it showed in every ball he played.

He said, ‘So even if you are facing him in the last overs of the day, you have to be careful.’ Tendulkar said, ‘There were many good spinners, but Shane was the most different. He was one of the few bowlers against whom you could not hit the ball on the bounce.

West Indies legend Brian Lara also heaped praise on Warne and called him the most capable player Australia has ever produced. Lara said, ‘I grew up in a country where spin bowling dominates. We played spin very well in the lower parts of the Caribbean region like Trinidad, Guyana. And Warne caused a lot of trouble to many other players. I won many battles against him but he never gave up.

He said, ‘He always used to bowl such amazing balls which you did not even realize. So I had to be careful while facing Warne throughout my career. He was a great bowler to have carved a niche for himself in a bowling attack that had tremendous pacers.

Tendulkar said, ‘He had a different approach towards life. He was always positive and warmly welcomed. It is really difficult to accept that he is no more with us.