During his playing days, Shane Warne was a showstopper on the field. However, he often used to find himself in controversies because of his off-field conduct.
Warne, who recently released an autobiography titled ‘No Spin’, in an exclusive chat with NDTV, opened up about the various facets of his life.
"The book is an intense, personal account of my life. I've been brutally honest in the book. About my personal life, my relationship with my children, cricket family. I've gone in-depth about everything, especially the IPL 2008," Warne said.
He also threw light on the time when former Pakistan batsman Saleem Malik had offered him money to bowl wide of the off-stump.
"Saleem Malik offered me 200,000 US dollars, he said it will be in my room in half-an-hour if I bowl wide of the off-stump and the match was a draw. That's the bottom line of what he asked," Warne asserted.
The Spin King also recalled the time when he was offered money by a bookie in Sri Lanka.
"I lost 5000 thousand dollars in a casino and a friend of Mark Waugh said, 'look, here is the 5000' and I said 'no, I'm okay'. But he said, 'no strings attached and no nothing' and that was that," he quoted.
Shane Warne had a long list of controversial things and biggest of them was the tag of 'womanizer'. While he got divorced from wife Simone Callahan in 2005, his engagement with actress Elizabeth Hurley didn't last long.
Talking about his personal life, Warne said: "It's never easy for the children when their parents break up. But they have been fantastic to both their mother and me. Now, we have got a fantastic relationship and at the end of the day, the ups and downs in our life, make us who we are. I'm very lucky to have a terrific relationship with my children."
"I've had only two proper relationships in my life. Married for 10 years to Simone and I was engaged with Elizabeth but unfortunately, the relationship just fizzled out in the end. But we are still great friends now. It was nothing that she did wrong or I did wrong. It was one of those things that didn't work out. Her son Damien and my children, all get along and I still keep in touch which is really nice," he continued.
Warne named Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara as the two best batsmen of his generation and refused to pick between them.
"Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara, easily, were the best batsmen of our generation, my time. If I want someone to score a hundred on the final day of the Test series, I would send Lara. But if I want someone to bat for my life day in, day out, I would send Tendulkar, he was a class act," Shane Warne remarked.
(With inputs from NDTV)