alt145 When we catch up there is respect from both sides
ASHISH SHUKLA Kingston/ Jamaica There seems no end to the list of Sachin Tendulkar admirers and the latest to laud the Indian batting icon is West Indian fast bowling great Courtney Walsh.
alt147 For me, Sachin has been the number one Indian batsman.
Sometimes he has challenged me and at other times I have done so and we were very competitive.
When we catch up there is respect from both sides,alt148 stated Walsh, who took 519 wickets in 132 Tests, making him the fifth greatest wicket- taker of all time.
Only Muttiah Muralitharan ( 800 wickets), Shane Warne ( 708), Anil Kumble ( 619) and Glenn McGrath ( 563) have more wickets than Walsh in Test history.
Walsh was speaking on the occasion of a stand at Sabina Park being named after him on the opening day of the first Test on Monday.
Walsh sees a lot of good in modern- day cricket but feels most of them are not with West Indian cricket.
alt147 Most changes are for good but in the West Indies team, consistency is not there, confidence is not there. There is potential and some are very good fast bowlers. We are working and I am sure we would be back soon,alt148 he said.
Even after playing for so long, Walsh believes he could have carried on a bit longer but wanted to make way for some promising fast bowlers.
alt147 I left a little early. West Indies was touring Zimbabwe and I though it was time to move on, give youngsters a break.alt148 alt147 But those youngsters didnt come through and so I could have carried on a little longer,alt148 he said.
Walsh and Curtly Ambrose set up a deadly attack for the West Indies in the alt145 90s and were the last great Caribbean fast bowlers to emerge from the region.
alt147 We never competed against each other; we complimented each other. Our styles were different. We tried to do what the team required.alt148 alt147 I never sledged for it was important to maintain the spirit of the game. For me the ball did the talking,alt148 he said.
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