Their rivalry was intense, their battles were fierce and cricketing passions almost always reached new highs when batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar faced-off against the spin wizard Shane Warne. The two legends of the sport have since bid international cricket farewell but tales of their numerous showdowns continue to light up the glorious past.
In a recently-released video on www.shanewarne.com, the two heroes greet each other at Lord's and recount fascinating details of their duels. " I first came across Sachin in my first Test match when I was picked for Australia. It was the 1991-92 series. We were in Sydney and I had obviously heard a lot about him," said Warne. "Sachin came out and smashed us all over the park. It was our first sign of him." Sachin - batting at No. 6 scored an unbeaten 148 in the match which eventually ended in a draw.
While Tendulkar followed up his century with another ton in the following Perth Test, the legendary batsman says that it was easy to see why Warne would go on to do great things as well. "We heard the Aussies had a new leg-spinner and he turned up in a Porche," remembered Tendulkar. " He did not have a great Test at Sydney but it was evident that there was a spark and that this guy would do something special." While Tendulkar finished his international career with 15,921 Test and 18,426 ODI runs, Warne too ended with a massive tally of 708 Test scalps.