Subhash Gupte, not Warne was finest leg-spinner of all time

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2010, 21:52 PM IST

Melbourne: West Indian legend Sir Garfield Sobers has said that Australian great Shane Warne has been overrated as a bowler.

Sobers made this claim in a book released in England titled "In a League of Their Own: 100 Cricket Legends Select Their World XI".

Sobers used his foreword to overcome the notion held in Australia that Warne was cricket`s greatest slow bowler.

Sobers nominated India`s Subhash Gupte as the finest leg-spinner of all.

We at Zeecric bring you the excerpts of what Sobers has to say.

"Someone who is called great from today`s game is Shane Warne, but I have got my reservations about Shane. I think he is a great bowler, but I`m not sure how well he compares with spinners overall," Sobers writes.

"I think people get carried away with this man`s ability as he hardly ever bowled a good googly," FOX Sports quoted his book, as saying.

"To me, Shane Warne is a great turner of the ball. I like his aggressive attitude, I love the way he attacks batsmen and I give him 100 per cent for that as not enough spinners bowl with that approach, but in my estimation Subhash was a better leg-spinner," he said.

Taking a dig at former England opener Geoff Boycott, Sobers said: "Geoffrey was a great player in his own style. He played within his limitations and didn`t take too many chances with good balls or even half-good balls.

"Great players have to take good balls and turn them in to bad balls, but Geoff never seemed to be able to do that."

ANI