Former Australia fast bowler Brett Lee is one of the greatest cricketers to have played the game. He is every youngster’s role model and has sent chills down the spines of every batter. Recently, Brett Lee revealed the name of the batsmen who he felt was the toughest to bowl to.
The right-arm pacer, who dominated the last decade revealed three batsmen whom he felt the toughest during a chat with Pommie Mbangwa for a show in Cricbuzz. To start with, Brett Lee went with Sachin Tendulkar. The 43-year-old believes the little master was the best in the business and always had the extra minute while batting.
Brett Lee pick three toughest batsmen he bowled to
“I would think of Sachin Tendulkar. Why Sachin? He had that extra time. You know you play against great players and feel that Sachin had the extra time. To explain that, I would say that it didn’t feel like Sachin was batting on the popping crease but he was batting on the return crease next to the stumps.
“But, you know he was actually batting on the popping crease. But it felt time like he had that extra time. In my opinion, Sachin was the best batsman in the world,” Brett Lee said.
The former Aussie quick went with West Indies’ great Brian Lara as his second pick for the toughest batsman. The stylish left-handed batsman had a high bat lift which made him look elegant. Lee believes Lara had the ability to hit six balls to six different areas in the same over.
“Then there was Brian Lara. He was just so flamboyant. You bowl six balls at one place and he would hit in six different places” Lee further said.
Kallis is the most complete cricketer: Brett Lee
Brett Lee then went with the greatest all-rounder of all-time Jacques Kallis to wrap up the list of the toughest batsman. Lee said that the Proteas all-rounder was the most complete cricketer he had come across.
“I have always said that Sachin was the best batsman ever, but in my opinion the best cricketer that game has seen, and I would add that I haven’t seen Gary Sobers play, I have watched highlights and all, but from the players I have watched and played against, it has to be Jacques Kallis. He was the greatest complete cricketer. Kallis could open the bowling or play just as a batsman. He also caught those many catches at slips,” he signed off.