- Big revelation by former Australian pacer about Sachin Tendulkar
- Sachin used to play “cat and mouse” with an Australian spinner
Former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee revealed that Sachin Tendulkar would often get the better of the legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne despite the bowler’s attempts to send Tendulkar back to the dressing room. Lee said that Tendulkar would at times play “cat and mouse” with Warne which not a lot of batsmen in the world could claim to have done.
Brett Lee who played 76 Tests, 221 One Day Internationals (OIDs) for Australia said that Tendulkar would read all of Warne’s variations which otherwise would leave most of the batsmen bamboozled.
While on the show called “Cricket Connected”, Lee said, “He used to advance down the wicket a few times and invited Warne to bowl a fraction too short. Sometimes, he would wait patiently on the back foot and play those beautiful shots,”.
He said, “It was almost like he was playing cat and mouse with Warne and not many batsmen can play cat and mouse with Shane Warne because he’s so talented,”.
The Australian pacer added, “But on days, Sachin Tendulkar was toying with Warne and that does not happen often,”.
Lee did not shy to praise the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar and said, “The way Sachin used to read bowlers out of their hand, the different technique he used to play different balls was pure class,”.
He also said that, “there were times when Warne would try and get the trajectory a bit different through the air and sometimes, he would try and get a few balls to drop. Every time he would try the subtle variations, there was only Sachin who would pick them up,”.
Warne would bamboozle other batsmen around the world, but Sachin would watch the hand much better than most of the other batsmen,
Warne hated it, he would come back and say that he tried everything to get Sachin out, but he couldn’t.”
Lee also recalled his experience when he first met Sachin Tendulkar on field in a Test match. He said, “I was 22 years when I got my first opportunity to play against the Little Master,”.
He revealed that he “nicked him off and I thought I’m done. I didn’t care about the Test match since I was so happy to get Sachin Tendulkar out,” Lee revealed.
Tendulkar’s record against Australia is impressive as in 39 tests matches he managed to score 3630 runs while in just 71 ODIs against the kangaroos he accumulated 3077 runs.