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Brian Lara, arguably the best batsman the West Indies ever produced, has revealed that legendary Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne was his favourite bowler to play against.
Lara has played against some of the best bowlers to ever grace the game, but the 49-year-old admitted that he always relished putting his skills to the test against Warne.
“Shane Warne, he played for the best team in the world during my era, he was, and still is, regarded as the best leg-spinner to play the game,” Lara said on his Reddit AMA as quoted by the International Cricket Council’s website. “It was a battle I just embraced in some of the largest cricketing arenas!”
But, when it comes to the best spinner he ever faced, Lara admitted that it was tough to choose between Warne and Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who holds the record for the most Test wickets with an incredible 800.
“Always a difficult question this!” Lara said. “Muttiah always confused me in the early part of our confrontation, whilst Shane Warne didn’t.
“Having said that, as my innings grew I felt I had more control over Muttiah, whilst Shane seemed to grow in confidence. They were definitely the two best spinners of my time!”
While he always looked forward to going toe to toe with Warne and Muralitharan, Lara insisted that he never changed his pre-match preparations.
“Never during (the game), any nerves were only before I walked out to bat. That 22 yard battlefield isn’t somewhere you want to lose your composure!” he said. “Preparation wasn’t any more intense than what you have to put in for any great bowler. I always assess my opposition before taking the field.”