The present perception in world cricket is that the current cricketers play more games than earlier. However, the legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne has claimed that they played more games than present time.
Shane Warne was the leading Test wicket-taker when he retired from international cricket in 2007. The leg-spinner played 145 Tests and 194 ODIs where he bagged 708 and 293 wickets respectively. In his cricket career, he played 301 first-class matches, 311 List A matches and 73 T20s where he picked up 1,319, 473 and 70 wickets respectively.
Apart from the more international cricket assignments due to the growth of T20 format, most of the present top-class cricketers are also busy to play in the global franchise-based T20 tournaments.
However, Shane Warne has claimed that they played more cricket than the present generation. Meanwhile, he also admitted that they played more first-class matches while the current cricketers had to adjust the travel and different formats. But he further added that they faced more pure balls and had to play more days than the present generation.
Shane Warne told PTI in a recent interview, “We played more cricket than this generation. We played more days of cricket, even though it was first-class cricket. What’s the complication nowadays is the travel and different formats that they have to adjust to. But in terms of pure balls bowled and days played, yesteryears’ players used to play more.”
Shane Warne came up with his playing days’ experiences
Talking about that, Shane Warne came up with his playing days’ experiences. He revealed that he had to play for Victoria and Australia during each season continuously. In his entire domestic career (1990-2007), Shane Warne played for Victoria.
Meanwhile, Shane Warne believes that the present players have got more breaks and they have become busy to play the franchise cricket.
He added, “There used to be a game for Victoria, then a Test match and we would again go back and play for Victoria. Now they have breaks, they have got Big Bash, so that’s a fact.”
There is no magic
Currently, the general perception is that the present players can’t find the proper time to work on their games, due to their busy cricket schedules. However, Shane Warne believes that the players need to find out the time in their busy schedules to improve their games. He has reminded that success is not an overnight achievement, rather than it requires a lot of hard work.
Shane Warne said, “If you want to improve, you find the time, no matter how busy you are. If it’s important to you then you will find the time, if it’s not important to you and you think you are going to be okay, you won’t find time. It won’t happen overnight. It takes time. Hours of hard work. There is no magic.”
In IPL 2019, Shane Warne is playing the brand ambassador role for Rajasthan Royals (RR). The 12th edition of IPL tournament will begin on 23rd March when Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will meet at MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chennai).
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals will begin their IPL 2019 journey on 25th March. In their first game of the new season, they will face Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at Sawai Mansingh Stadium (Jaipur).