Mumbai, April 15 (IANS) Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) head coach Sanjay Bangar feels that the late spin wizard Shane Warne was one of the few cricketers who had the “flair” to pass on his wisdom to the next generation, adding that all wrist spinners around the world, whoever would have interacted by him, would have been “deeply impacted” by the legendary cricketer’s guidance.
Bangar, who played 12 Tests and 15 ODIs and scored prolifically in first-class cricket besides taking 300 wickets as a right-arm pace bowler, said that Warne will continue to play a “massive role” in the way wrist spinners will shape up in the future.
“Shane Warne was certainly a champion cricketer. I saw a lot of his videos where he would talk about leg-spin bowling. Purely from a great player understanding his craft, having the flair to pass on that wisdom that he had, to the next generation, this is a quality that very few players have,” said Bangar.
Paying tribute to Warne, who passed away following a suspected heart-attack in Thailand last month where he was vacationing, Bangar told RCB Bold Diaries that, “I am pretty sure that all the wrist spinners of the world, whoever would have interacted with him, whoever, in a way tried to mimic him, acquire his skillsets, was deeply impacted by his presence. I am pretty sure that Shane Warne will continue to play a massive role in the way wrist spinners will shape up the manner in which cricket would evolve in a couple of years as well.”
Sridharan Sriram, the spin-bowling coach of RCB added that, Warne was always ahead of the game.
“He was always ahead of the game. He was always talking about how he was going to bowl in the rough. He started really wide and he would get into the mindset of the batter, forcing him to advance his pads. He would get the ball stump by stump and then pitched it on the leg. He had this knack of setting the batters up and he would always talk about a 4-5 over process,” Sriram said of the 52-year-old Warne.
“He never said that I am getting the batter out this ball. He would say that he foresaw the batter getting out 3-4 overs later. That was how he approached his craft. It is so sad to see that a tactical genius like him is no more with us today. The amount of knowledge he passed onto the next generation, simply signifies the unquantifiable loss that the following generations will have to bear,” he added.