Sunil Gavaskar, the former Indian legend, has been in many problems for his words on air. At times he is forgetful of the fact that millions are watching him and he has a big responsibility to not get too opinionated. This time, it was is his comments on Shane Warne not being the best leg-spinner in the world.
The world has been mourning the loss of former Australian cricketer Shane Warne. The 52-year old was suspected to have had a heart attack at his villa in Thailand on Friday. The entire cricketing fraternity has come to grieve over Warne’s untimely death. Sunil Gavaskar has also expressed his shock, but some of his statements were not taken well by the audience as they called him insensitive.
In a conversation with Sports Today, Gavaskar said that he did not consider Warne as the best spinner. He pointed out that Muttiah Muralitharan was the better spinner as he had better stats against India. He also said that the Indian spinners were better than Warne.
“No, I wouldn’t say that (Warne is the greatest spinner of all time). For me, the Indian spinners and Muttiah Muralitharan were certainly better than Shane Warne. Because look at his record against India. His record is pretty ordinary against India. He got five wickets only once in Nagpur. Because he didn’t have much success against the Indian team, I would rank Muralitharan over him in my book,” he said.
This did not go down well with the audience, as they trashed the World Cup-winning captain on Twitter.
Here are some of the Twitter reactions
Very poor commentary by Sunil Gavaskar….. He refused to call Shane Warne the greatest spinner ever because his number in India and against Indian batsman is not good…. So shameful.#Disgraceful
— Sadaf Shamim (@imSadafShamim) March 5, 2022
Sunil Gavaskar refuses to call Shane Warne the greatest spinner ever because he didn’t take enough wicket in India and Indian Batsman.
Can he say same about Sachin who didn’t have great numbers against say Glenn McGrath?
He should’ve said ‘Not today’
— Mihir Jha (@MihirkJha) March 4, 2022
Sunil Gavaskar, the most overrated cricketer. He must feel this pain and so he utter this insensitivity in his speeches. He is rated way above his pay grade due to paid media. He is no great & people will always remember him for being a selfish person. Shane Warne was great pic.twitter.com/dDxN8Mdsde
— (@ankit_kashyap7) March 5, 2022
Dear Sunil Gavaskar sir,
Late Shane Warne had Glen McGrath, Damien Fleming, Jason Gillespie, Brett Lee with more than 1000 test wickets in his team and yet he had 708 test wickets.if you are saying he is not the best spinner ever played then you are smoking something really bad.
— siddharth barjatya (@sidbarjatya) March 5, 2022
Sunil Gavaskar on national television talking about Warne’s poor bowling record in India and also insinuating that his heart couldn’t keep up with his lifestyle.
How is it possible to be so bereft of class and basic humanness?
— Shubi Arun (@loudspeaker19) March 4, 2022
It’s ok for Sunil Gavaskar not acknowledging Warne as the greatest spinner but suggesting that his heart couldn’t take his king style lifestyle and he died was unnecessary, distasteful, and heartless thing to say while cricketing world mourns Shane Warne’s death. #ShaneWarneRIP
— Rajeesh Nair (@iRajeeshNair) March 5, 2022
I really think that because of Gavaskar’s stature as a cricketer, no one has felt the need to correct him or felt it was not ideal to correct him when he’s been wrong. And I feel that’s one of the reasons why he keeps saying things which are not ideal (or correct).
— Gurkirat Singh Gill (@gurkiratsgill) March 5, 2022
Shocking tone deafness from Gavaskar. A). How can you take a public platform and air your personal theories about the tragedy B). How can you take this as a moment to one up a player because your fav won a head to head C). Not relevant but how nationalist do you have to be to-
— Dweplea (@dweplea) March 4, 2022
Sunil Gavaskar is so embarrassing lol, not just to himself but to Indian cricket too♀️ buddhau just doesn’t know what is to be said at what point in time. pic.twitter.com/4wa52i9wAm
— tanya (@th3r2pyy) March 5, 2022
On the day of death of one of the greatest cricketers ever, an Indian legend on air was found saying, how someone else was better than the deceased — reiterating that he has just one five-wicket haul in India. Well done, sir #Gavaskar #ShaneWarne
— Ramachandra.M/ ರಾಮಚಂದ್ರ.ಎಮ್ (@nanuramu) March 5, 2022
Sunil Gavaskar should retire from public speaking .. so shameful
— Rishi Kapoor (@Rishikapoor1980) March 4, 2022