WC 2003 - ~~Sachin might make a statement against the Aussies~~
Published: Saturday, March 22, 2003, 20:10 [IST]
They are nowhere near us, it's an Indian win: Dalmiya
'There is no such thing as favourite in a final'
Clash of the Giants: Aus takes on India in ideal finish
Sydney: "Little Master" Sachin Tendulkar is the "only thing" standing between Australia and the World Cup, says champion leg spinner Shane Warne. "There is only one thing that stands between Australia and back-to-back World Cups and that is the Little Master Sachin Tendulkar," said Warne, who missed out on this edition of the World Cup after a positive drug test. Warne, who has admitted that the Indian maestro gave him nightmares, listed numerous reasons to support his belief. "Sachin is, and has been in my time, the best batsman in the world. He is savage on the quicks if they stray with their line and length and he can dominate and intimidate the spinners."And this is precisely the reason why Warne thinks "it has always been a challenge and privilege" to bowl to him.Writing in the 'Herald Sun', Warne said the "blonde bombshell" Brett Lee would be crucial in Australia's plans to curb Tendulkar who "loves big occasions". "Binga (Lee) could be just the man to knock over the maestro and intimidate the rest of the Indian batting line-up thus bringing the Cup back to Australia."Warne said Australia should first try to test Tendulkar with "fast, hostile, short-pitched deliveries to see if he wants to try to hook. Binga, the blonde bombshell, will be crucial here. "Knowing Sachin the way I do, he loves the big occasion and will probably duck them while he sums up the conditions. Then again, he might try to make a statement and take the Aussies on," Warne said."It will be fascinating viewing," he said. PTI