Ex-Australian cricketer Brett Lee may have settled the debate amongst who is the best batsman with pragmatic arguments. Several former and current cricketers have opined on the same, naming their picks. In an Instagram session with former Zimbabwean player Pommie Mbangwa, Brett Lee was asked, which batsman plays him the best.
It was then the former pace ace outlined some detailed expressions as to who according to him, was the best batsman. Having made his international debut in 1999, Brett Lee has bowled to the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Inzamam-Ul-Haq, Rahul Dravid, and Ian Bell. But above all of them, Lee rates Sachin as the best.
The former Australian speedster conceded that the batting maestro had more time and it felt like he was batting on the return crease, next to the stumps that made it look like Sachin had plenty of time against me.
“You think of Sachin Tendulkar, it just looked like he had more time, the best way to explain the meaning of time in cricket is that it felt like Sachin was batting on the return crease, batting next to the stumps, it just felt like he had more time to play against me, in my opinion he is the best batsman in the world.” Lee said as quoted by Times of India.
Brett Lee picks Sachin Tendulkar in a close tussle with Brian Lara:
The 43-year old further stated that Brian Lara was magnificent that he could smash any bowler to any part of the ground on his will. According to Lee, there is a breakneck competition between the duo; however, Sachin wins it.
Brett Lee went on to pick former Proteas’ all-rounder as the greatest complete cricketer. Kallis’ numbers do speak for themselves, having accumulated over 10000 runs in ODIs and Tests alongside 250 wickets in each format to go by. In a 19-year career, Jacques Kallis was the premier all-rounder for South Africa and a sensational slip fielder.
“Then you on to Brian Lara, he was so flamboyant, it did not matter how quick you bowled against him, he could smash you in six different areas on the ground, Lara and Sachin have neck to neck when you talk about greatest batsmen. In my opinion, Sachin is the greatest batsman, but the greatest complete cricketer in my opinion has to be Jacques Kallis.” the New South Wales-born added.