Former Australia pacer Brett Lee shares batting legend Sachin Tendulkar used to play "cat and mouse" with his former teammate and veteran spinner Shane Warne during their cricketing days. While speaking on Star Sports' show Cricket Connected, he said that Tendulkar was very comfortable facing Warne and he just toyed with the spinner, which was a rare sight as well.
"He (Tendulkar) used to advance down the wicket a few times and invited Warne to bowl a fraction too short. Sometimes, he would wait patiently on the back foot and play those beautiful shots," said Lee.
He further added, "It was almost like he was playing cat and mouse with Warne and not many batsmen can play cat and mouse with Shane Warne because he's so talented. But on days, Sachin Tendulkar was toying with Warne and that does not happen often."
Lee further shared that Warne didn’t like the way Tendulkar batted against him and would express anger after being unable to get him out as well. They used to have a great fight with the bat and ball on the field too whenever they faced each other.
He claimed, "The way Sachin used to read bowlers out of their hand, the different technique he used to play different balls was pure class.”
"Warne would bamboozle other batsmen around the world, but Sachin would watch the hand much better than most of the other batsmen. Warne hated it, he would come back and say that he tried everything to get Sachin out, but he couldn't," Lee recalled.
Sachin Tendulkar made his debut against Pakistan at Karachi way back in 1989 at the age of 16 years old. He later went on to play 200 Tests for India, scoring 100 centuries across Tests and ODIs as well. In 463 ODIs, he had scored 18,426 runs including 49 centuries and in Tests, he has 15,921 runs to his name including 51 centuries too.
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