Australia’s leg-spinner Shane Warne said that his generation of players played more cricket than the current generation and still found time to improve themselves. In fact, the current players play more in the different leagues across the globe. However, the previous generation played more first-class cricket at the domestic circuit.

Warne is regarded as one of the best spinners to have played the game. The former leg-spinner who is the brand ambassador of Rajasthan Royals believes the former players played more balls than the current players. Meanwhile, it is crucial to manage the workload of the players.

Shane Warne, David Warner, Steven Smith, ICC World Cup 2019
Shane Warne. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Warne takes a dig at current players.

“We played more cricket than this generation. We played more days of cricket, even though it was first-class cricket. What’s the complication nowadays is the travel and different formats that they have to adjust to. But in terms of pure balls bowled and days played, yesteryears’ players used to play more,” Warne told PTI during an exclusive interview.

Meanwhile, Warne shed light on his career when he played continuously for Victoria and Australia. However, Warne believes the current generation is more focussed to play for their respective franchise.

“There used to be a game for Victoria, then a Test match and we would again go back and play for Victoria. Now they have breaks, they have got Big Bash, so that’s a fact,” said Warne.

India vs Australia 2019, Shane Warne, Aaron Finch
Shane Warne (Credits – Getty)

In fact, Shane Warne feels it is crucial to improve and the players must find time to improve their game. There are challenges and it is pivotal for the players to keep themselves at the top of their game as well as fitness.

“If you want to improve, you find the time, no matter how busy you are. If it’s important to you then you will find the time. If it’s not important to you and you think you are going to be okay, you won’t find time,” he put it bluntly adding: “It won’t happen overnight. It takes time. Hours of hard work. There is no magic.”

Meanwhile, Shane Warne will provide his insights to Rajasthan Royals. Ajinkya Rahane-led side will begin their IPL campaign against Kings XI Punjab on 25th March at Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur.