Edited By Bharat Malhotra | TimesOfIndia.com | Updated: 31 Jul 2020, 02:54:00 PM IST
On the field, Sachin Tendulkar and Brett Lee were supposed to watch the match. On the one hand, among the world's fastest bowlers, on the other, the world's best batsman.
The match between India and Australia was tempered by the match between the two. Both had to take their game to a different level against each other. When the competition is strong in front, then you have to play stronger and something similar happened between these two.
In a special conversation with our partner TimesOfIndia.com, Lee also admitted that he enjoyed this 'Mahamukabale' very much.
Lee said, “My record in ODI cricket is better than Test cricket, because I feel that in ODIs I get more chances than in Test. When I was at my peak and bowling at a speed of 160 kilometers per hour, I was the 12th player for 18 months. I did not play most matches in 2005-06. I think it affected my test career. And I think my bowling style was more suited to ODI cricket. And I remember the opportunity to bowl Sachin Tendulkar really thrilled me.
The Australian bowler said, “Before bowling to Sachin, I wanted to make sure that I give my best. If you want to get in front of the best player in the world, then you also have to give your best performance. I was able to give my best because Sachin got me done.
Sachin's performance against Australia also looked much better.
Sachin scored against Australia in ODIs at an average of 44.59. He scored 3077 runs in 70 innings of 71 ODIs. This included nine centuries, 15 half-centuries. At the same time, he scored 3630 runs in 39 matches (in 74 innings). His batting average was 55. Sachin scored 11 centuries and 16 half-centuries against Australia.
If we talk about Lee, he dismissed Sachin 9 times in 30 ODIs. At the same time, he took the master blaster wicket five times in the Test.
Lee said, 'I know my record against Sachin is good but as far as scoring is concerned, he has also done well against me. The fight against them was always big. I always enjoyed this match.