Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has earned the respect of everyone around the world and also of world-class players who went up against him like Brett Lee. The former Australian pacer continues to be great friends with Tendulkar off the field, although they have had some fierce battles on the field. Lee notably made his debut for Australia against India, whose batting line-up was led by Tendulkar as well.
However, before the series began, Lee played a tour game against India representing the Prime Minister’s XI where he first bowled to Sachin Tendulkar and even managed to get him out. While speaking in a video on his YouTube channel, Brett Lee shared how he felt when he first bowled to him.
He said: “I first met Sachin Tendulkar during the PM’s XI match in 1999. Here I am bowling in Canberra to one of my heroes and it was a surreal feeling. I was fortunate enough to get him out and then I thought ‘I am done, I am content. My life in cricket is complete.’ But when you get that taste of getting a great batter out, you want more.”
As Brett Lee got to know more about Sachin Tendulkar as a person, he realized how down-to-earth person Sachin is, regardless of his exploits on the field which can trouble any of the opponents. However, Lee has played 76 Tests, 221 ODIs and 25 T20Is for Australia, claiming 718 wickets across all formats as well.
“Although Sachin has played 200 Tests and has nearly 500 ODIs under his belt with 15-16 thousand runs, the thing I noted about him was how humble he is. He is followed everywhere in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia, England. He is God. When I came to India 25 years ago, I got to know from the people on the streets that ‘Sachin > God,'” Brett Lee concluded.