Along with Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar, former Australia quick bowler Brett Lee was one of the quickest bowlers going round in world cricket in the 2000s. Lee, who made his debut against India in 1999, was identified for his clean motion and sheer tempo that might bother the very best of the lot. Over the years, Lee had duels with the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, Brian Lara, Jacques Kallis, Kumar Sangakkara, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Kevin Pietersen and lots of the world’s greatest batsmen. But when the speedster was requested about the very best he played against, he named three.
Lee, a two-time World Cup winner – in 2003 and 2007 – with Australia, picked India’s Sachin Tendulkar, West Indies’ Brian Lara and South Africa’s Jacques Kallis because the three greatest batsmen he got here up against.
Sachin, who remains to be the main run-scorer in Tests and ODIs by a long way and the one man to attain 100 worldwide centuries and play 200 Test matches, was picked by Lee as the very best batsman he has played against.
“I would think of Sachin Tendulkar. Why Sachin? He had that extra time. You know you play against great players and feel that Sachin had the extra time,” Lee instructed former Zimbabwe cricketer Pommie Mbangwa in a video interplay for Cricbuzz.
“But, you know he was actually batting on the popping crease. But it felt time like he had that extra time. In my opinion, Sachin was the best batsman in the world,” he stated.
Lee reserved excessive reward for Brian Lara, saying the West Indian legend might hit balls in each route.
“Then there was Brian Lara. He was just so flamboyant. You bowl six balls at one place and he would hit in six different places,” Lee stated.
Lara retired with 11953 runs in 131 Tests and 10405 runs in 299 ODIs for West Indies.
Terming former South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis as the very best cricketer he has seen, Lee stated Kallis might open the bowing or discover his manner in any aspect simply as a batsman.
“I have always said that Sachin was the best batsman ever, but in my opinion the best cricketer that game has seen, and I would add that I haven’t seen Gary Sobers play, I have watched highlights and all, but from the players I have watched and played against, it has to be Jacques Kallis. He was the greatest complete cricketer. He could open the bowling or play just as a batsman. He also caught those many catches at slips,” Lee stated.