Amid lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, former cricketers are sharing and recalling the memorable moments of their playing days. Recently, Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin rolled back to 2010 when he was dropped from the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) squad for his poor show against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
Now, former Australian paceman, Brett Lee has also joined the trend and recalled the moment when he dismissed India’s cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar for the very first time in his career. The right-arm pacer who was known for terrifying the batsmen through his extreme pace reminisced his early playing days when he got the opportunity to face the mighty Sachin and eventually got him out.
Lee was a part of the Australian PM’s XI squad when he first earned the valued wicket of Sachin in a tour match against India in 1999. Lee, who was a youngster back then, got Sachin caught behind during the game. The Wollongong-born said he didn’t care about the match after dismissing the legendary Indian batsman.
“I was 22 years when I got my first opportunity to play against the Little Master. I nicked him off, and I thought I’m done. I didn’t care about a Test match since I was so happy to get Sachin Tendulkar out,” Lee said while on a Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’.
In 1999, Brett Lee debuted for Australia in a Test match against India in Melbourne. He was the pick of the bowlers for the Aussies and went on to take four-wicket haul in his maiden Test.
Australia won that Test by 180 runs; however, Sachin was honoured with the ‘Player of the Match’ award for his outstanding hundred in the first innings followed by a half-century in the second.
Lee went on to play 76 Test matches for Australia, in which the speedster grabbed 310 wickets with 10 five-wicket and 17 four-wicket hauls.
Here is the video of Brett Lee’s wicket of Tendulkar: