Warne is the greatest bowler, says Abdul Qadir

Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:Legendary Pakistan leg spinner Abdul Qadir today paid rich tributes to Shane Warne on becoming the first bowler in Test cricket history to take 700 Test wickets.

Warne claimed his 700th wicket when he clean-bowled Andrew Strauss in the fourth Test of the ongoing Ashes series at Melbourne today.

In an exclusive interview to Voice of America, Qadir said, ''Shane Warne is the greatest bowler in the history of Test cricket and I fail to find words that can match or measure his success.''

''He has been a remarkably talented, incredibly sharp learner and highly respectable individual who knew how to respect elders. I feel honoured that Warne learnt the great skills and finer aspects of leg-break bowling from me,'' the 51-year-old leg spin maestro of the 1980s said.

Qadir said world cricket was blessed that it had Warne and the Aussie magician should be remembered as the greatest leg-spin maestro in the history of cricket.

''Every congratulation and appreciation should go to Shane Warne,'' Qadir said.

He said Warne sought his guidance in learning the finer aspects of leg spin during the Australian's first tour to Pakistan in 1988.

''I agreed with pleasure. I invited him for dinner at my residence where he told me that he had been learning my techniques from videos. Besides many other things I taught him how to effectively bowl googly and flipper,'' Qadir added.


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