New Delhi, Apr 28: Former Australia pacer Brett Lee has revealed how Sachin Tendulkar used to play 'cat and mouse' with legendary spinner Shane Warne during their playing days.
Lee said that Tendulkar was very comfortable batting against Warne and in fact on his days, the Master Blaster just toyed with the Australian leggie, which not a lot of batsmen could do that with the spinner. "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," Lee said on Star Sports' show Cricket Connected.
"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," he added.
Tendulkar and Warne had an epic contest whenever they faced each other on the field. Lee who played 76 Tests and 221 ODIs for Australia, said Tendulkar read all of Warne's variations that would leave most batsmen bamboozled. "The way Sachin used to read bowlers out of their hand, the different technique he used to play different balls was pure class.There were times when Warne would try and get the trajectory a bit different through the air and sometimes, he would try and get a few balls to drop,' he said.
'Every time he would try the subtle variations, there was only Sachin who would pick them up. Warne would bamboozle other batsmen around the world, but Sachin would watch the hand much better than most of the other batsmen' he added. Lee further revealed that Warne hated the way Tendulkar batted against him and would express anger after being unable to get the former Indian batter out.
Warne hated it, he would come back and say that he tried everything to get Sachin out, but he couldn't," Lee said. Lee also spoke about how he felt when he first faced Tendulkar in a Test match. "I was 22 years when I got my first opportunity to play against the Little Master. I nicked him off and I thought I'm done. I didn't care about the Test match since I was so happy to get Sachin Tendulkar out," Lee revealed. Tendulkar holds an impressive record against Australia. In 39 Tests, he scored 3630 runs against them while he amassed 3077 runs in 71 ODIs against the Aussies. (UNI)