I'm not scared of Sachin: Warne

I'm not scared of Sachin: Warne

I'm not scared of Sachin: Warne

Rajastan Royals' captain Shane Warne during the Indian Premier League-3. PTI

Warne clarified that his statement that he had nightmares about Tendulkar after the Sharjah One-day series was a joke and it wasn't meant to be taken so seriously.

"I want to clarify that this nightmare thing was a joke. Sachin is the best batsman of my time and I always enjoy the challenge of bowling to him but I am not scared of him or anybody for that matter," said Warne on the sidelines of the launch of Advanced Hair Studio in Delhi.

"If I would have been scared I wouldn't have taken so many wickets in my career. I had quite a hair-raising experiences when he smashed me all over the park but I also got him out many times," added Warne, who took 708 wickets in Tests and 293 in ODIs.

Warne also disagreed with sport Minister M S Gill, who had said that BCCI is changing the rules of the game and IPL is fundamentally a business.

"I disagree with him (Gill). It is not only about money. If you see the current bunch of Indian players, we have Suresh Raina working with Darren Lehman in the Chennai Super Kings team, also there is Rohit Sharma. These players are evolving into match-winners after IPL stints.

"Even someone like Ravinder Jadeja bats at number 9 for India in Tests and also can play in number four when situation demanded in T20 World Cup. So it is not true that IPL is only about money," he said.

Warne, who captained Rajasthan Royals to win the first edition of the Indian Premier League, said IPL should work with the ICC to create a window for the event. "IPL has a responsibility towards world cricket and I think they should work with the ICC to create a window so that it becomes mandatory for all the international players to tour India during the IPL.

"It will give the Indian players opportunities to rub shoulders with all the great stars and learn. But for that the IPL needs to be short," he said.

Asked if he would be around for next year's edition, Warne said he would like to play for Rajasthan Royals next year but a lot depends on the procedure of the event and how he bowls and feels.

"I may play next year. I did enjoy last three years. I liked the challenge of nurturing the local talent in India. If I am bowling well, I will come up for 2011. Of course, if Rajasthan Royals wants me to stay," he said.

"I don't know the procedure of the IPL, may be I will have to go for the auction and if some franchise pays me 3-4 times more money, may be I will go but ideally I would like to be loyal to the Royals," he added.

Asked about tomorrow's match against Delhi Daredevils at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium here, Warne said it will be a massive game and they would look to win that by any means. "We have beaten Delhi in the semifinals in 2008 and we would look to do the same again tomorrow.

"We have a few stars in our team like Shaun Tait, who is probably the fastest bowler in the world now, Shane Watson is not the worst either and I have been around as well for sometime. But it is all about motivating the Indian players and getting the best out of them," he said.

"We started the tournament very slowly but with four wins on a row, I think it is a massive turn around and tomorrow we are having a massive game and we will look to win."

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