Warne lavishes praise on 'bear-like' Inzy

Published: Thursday, December 4, 2008, 10:14 [IST]
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Melbourne: Spin Legend Shane Warne poured praise on Inzamam-ul-Haq saying that the former Pakistan skipper was a very determined batsman despite his lazy appearence at the crease.

''Anybody underestimating him at first sight soon realised that his appearance was really deceptive. He was one of the most identifiable batsmen in the world, but he was comfortable in his big-boned frame,'' Warne said.

Warne also went on to add that contrary to the general perception that the heavily-built Pakistan middle-order batsman was not a good fielder, the leg-spinner said he had two of the best hands at slips.

''He was really a good slip fielder, probably he didn't fancy patrolling the covers for too long. But when he did, he had a rocket arm,'' Warnie wrote in his book 'Shane Warne's Century'.

The former Australian spin spearhead described Inzamam as a huge bear with toothpick in his hands whenever he came out to bat.

''Inzamam was a huge great bear of a man who looked as though he was batting with a toothpick. The stumps always seemed very small when he was at the crease - that's if you could see any of them behind his frame.

''Away from the game, he comes across as being very relaxed and just as easy-going. He even speaks slowly, but he is good fun to be around and is the sort of guy who can make you laugh,'' he added.


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