Brett Lee calls Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara as his favorite Test batsmen of his time

Both Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara were two of the best batsmen of their era.

Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara | Getty

Former Australian cricketer Brett Lee revealed Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara as his favorite cricketers from his time, saying that both of them were technically sound. 

Both Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara were two of the best batsmen of their era. The duo broke numerous records in their time that are yet to be broken. 

Brian Lara holds the record of being the only player to score 400 in a Test match while Sachin Tendulkar holds the record of most centuries in Test as well as in ODI cricket and is also the highest run-scorer in both the formats of the game to date.

"My favorite Test batters from the time that I was playing would be Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara,” Brett Lee said in an ICC release. 

Lee while talking about Brian Lara said that he was so ‘flamboyant’ that he would hit him all over the ground if he bowled top of the off-stump deliveries. 

“Brian Lara was simply so flamboyant. You could bowl six balls to him in the exact same area, let us say at the top of the off stump,

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“if I aimed at that spot for six consecutive deliveries, someone like a Brian Lara would hit me down the ground, he could work me behind square, he could cut me behind by a point, he could drive through the covers, he could hit me straight down the ground to the offside," he said. 

While talking about Sachin Tendulkar, Lee remarked that if he bowled full edge side off delivery then he used to hit him through extra cover and when he used to bowl on leg stump he would hit him through the wicket. He added that both the batsmen were technically sound and great. 

"He is so unpredictable, whereas you look at a guy like Sachin Tendulkar, if I bowl a full edge side off stump, then I knew he could hit me through extra cover, or if I bowled straight through the off stump, he would cut me down the ground through mid-off.

"If I bowl on leg stump, he would hit me through the wicket, if I bowled short, he would either cut or pull me. So, both were technically great batsmen I have played against," said Lara. 

Brian Lara further lauded Sachin Tendulkar as a batsman with amazing cricket technique and brilliant cricket brain. 

"With Sachin, you knew where the ball was going to go, but you had to stop the ball. He had an amazing cricket technique, a great temperament, and a brilliant cricket brain," he concluded. 

(ICC inputs) 


By Ankitjit Singh - 06 Jun, 2021

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