Hopefully, Sachin has the right to choose his time of exit: Warne

New Delhi: The one and only Shane Warne, who doesn't give one-on-ones, made an exception for The Telegraph on Sunday afternoon.

Warne, arguably the most gifted spinner of all time, spoke at the Kotla when Australia's second innings was coming to a quick close.

Now 43, Warne represented Australia for 15 years and finished in January 2007 with a massive 708 wickets in Tests and 293 in ODIs.

The following are excerpts

If he'd expected Australia to let go of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy so easily...

I had the fear that we'd be beaten badly... Among batsmen, only Michael Clarke and Shane Watson came with the experience of having played Test cricket in India... To succeed, you need to be experienced in the conditions on offer. We came with inexperienced batsmen... Then, the wickets played such a big part.

His take on the wickets...

(Laughs) After we beat India 4-0 last season, I had a fair idea of the kind of wickets we'd get on our visit! They never prepared wickets like the one at the Kotla when I played in India... I wish they had.

Way forward for Australia...

To put this series behind them and to start playing a good brand of cricket. The seniors need to perform, for once they do, then the confidence of the juniors goes up... Nathan Lyon and Matthew Wade, I think, will go home as improved players.

The standout performer for India...

Rock star Ravindra Jadeja... He was with the Rajasthan Royals in the first two years of the IPL and I'm happy to note that he's implementing some of the things we talked about... I like the way he walks in the park. I like his passion.

[Jadeja got the MoM award at the Kotla.]

Just how much longer could/should Sachin Tendulkar continue...

Anybody who has played for a long time, and Sachin is in his 24th year of international cricket, knows when it's time to retire... He'll know when to stop... Hopefully, it won't get to a situation where he gets a tap on his shoulder... He deserves more than that... Hopefully, he has the right to choose his time of exit. Look, Sachin's still a wonderful batsman and has retained the hunger and passion... People want him to continue, but nothing is forever. Nothing lasts forever... Hopefully, he will stop on his terms. It's a cliche, but form is temporary, class is permanent... So what if Sachin has a few bad games.

His motto...

That you're only as good as your next game. Because you could score a hundred or get a fiver. For me, it's looking ahead.

Working with young spinners...

I want spinners to spin the ball, just like you'd expect a swing bowler to swing it... For a spinner to be a spinner, he's first got to spin the ball well... The other things could be worked on later... Plotting to get batsmen out, learning the intricacies of field settings are things for a later stage.

The confusion over his 'making' a comeback for the Ashes later this year...

There was no confusion from my side... I was asked 'do you think you could come back and play international cricket'? I'd replied 'of course, I could'... Not once did I say I wanted to... There's a big difference. I could make a comeback and do pretty well... If I had to, it would have been this year... A tour of India and back-to-back Ashes, away and at home.

On why he didn't make a comeback...

(Pauses to see the replay of another dismissal) Because there would be a lot of negatives, with not much to gain... I confess there have been times when I thought of making a return... Times when the team wasn't doing well... I suppose that's a natural reaction when you're passionate about your country... I'd have liked to play a role in the back-to-back Ashes, but my role will be limited to being a commentator.

His message to the emerging cricketers...

They should just be themselves... Don't try and be an in-your-face cricketer if you're made differently... That won't suit you... So, be what you are. Be the way you're comfortable.

Finally... Looking younger by the day...

I'm in good space mentally, in good space in my personal life.

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