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Sachin Tendulkar and Brett Lee. Credit: Getty Images

Former Australia cricketer Brett Lee, known for his blistering pace and swinging abilities graced the mother earth on this very day, 42 years ago. Meanwhile, Lee had an illustrious career for Australia and played a significant role in Australia’s victorious campaign in 2003. Time and again, Lee had admitted that he enjoyed bowling to Sachin Tendulkar during his playing days. The duo enjoyed a great rivalry on the field and also shared a great bond off the field.

Since making his debut in 1999, he slotted in perfectly in already a world-class pace attack. Surrounded by Glen McGrath and Jason Gillespie, Lee got the real guidance he needed.

And soon he led the pace attack of the Ricky Pointing-led Aussie side. Brett Lee finished with 310 Tests and 380 ODI wickets. However, few ankle injuries have put his career at stake and eventually had to call it off. A gentleman off the field, he was aggressive on it and rarely went over the top in comparison to his team-mates, although his bouncers at the tail-enders were uncomfortable viewing. Mostly he was a shining example to young players in all forms of the game.

Sachin Tendulkar Sends His Birthday Greetings to "All-Rounder" Brett Lee

He retired from Tests at the beginning of 2010 to prolong his career in the shorter forms: in those affairs, he could stay true to himself by attempting to operate at optimum speed while reducing the load on his aching body. He finally retired from all international cricket in July 2012.

Sachin Tendulkar wishes Brett Lee

Sachin Tendulkar, who share a rapport with Lee shared high praise for the latter  saying that he is an amazing person, musician and a good friend as well.

Fast and furious on the field and an amazing person, musician and friend off it. Happy Birthday, @BrettLee_58,” the tweet read.


Ankush Das

I am an accountant by qualification, my parents thought their obedient son would study further to become a CA, but I had other things in mind. An ardent Cricket fan is following his passion and making a living watching and working around his favorite sport.