Despite their grueling on the field exchanges, legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar, and former Australian pacer Brett Lee also share mutual respect both on and off the field. In the same light, Lee has recalled how Tendulkar often made a mockery of his lethal pace. He also opined on his camaraderie with Tendulkar, on and off the field
"There were a couple of occasions where I got Sachin out. But there’s also a game in Sydney, where I bowled at around 165 mph and he just smacked me for a four. It was an off-drive for four. I was like ‘Wow! This guy is an absolute legend’,” Lee was quoted as saying by the Mid-Day newspaper.
"When I was touring India, I was asked by Sachin Tendulkar to join him for dinner. We went go-karting after that. Those little things might not have meant as much to him as they did to me. I was a guy coming through, getting to know him better. I’m so lucky that we both got to form an amazing friendship. We respected each other too which was important,” he added.
During their playing career, Lee troubled Tendulkar, bagging his wicket 14 times (5 in Tests, 9 in ODIs), though the Master Blaster got plenty of runs off his bowling as well. While Sachin remains active in various aspects of the game Lee is currently involved in the India-Australia four-match Test series as a commentator.
Sachin, who is arguably the greatest batsman in the history of the sport, scored over 34,000 international runs and a total of 100 centuries spanning from 1989-2013.