Former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee constantly clocked 150km/h during his playing days. He scalped 22 wickets in the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup and was one of the crucial members of Australia’s victorious campaign. The right-arm pacer announced his international retirement in 2012 after accounting more than 700 wickets across the three formats. As Brett Lee and his fans celebrate the 43rd birthday of the cricketer, we take a look at some Indian legends whom the pacer troubled the most in his playing days.
One of the greatest batsmen of all time to ever grace the game, the rivalry between the Indian legend and Brett Lee always made an enthralling contest between bat and ball. The two cricketers came face-to-face with each other 42 times in international cricket. While the Indian maestro scored heavily against the Australian bowling attack, he was also dismissed 14 times by Brett Lee in Tests and ODIs combined. Lee scalped the ‘Master Blaster’ nine times in 30 ODIs and five times in 12 Border-Gavaskar Trophy Test matches.
India’s most reliable Test batsmen during his playing days, Rahul Dravid was dismissed the most number of times by the Australian speedster. While Dravid never played a T20I against Australia, he did play a combined 38 matches in Tests and ODIs format. At an impressive average of 20.41, Brett Lee managed to breach ‘The Wall’ 12 times throughout his Australian career.
The limited-overs rivalry between India and Australia was at its peak ever since the two teams met each other in the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup final. MS Dhoni announced his arrival at the international circuit in late 2004 and played 19 ODIs against a Brett Lee-fuelled Australian unit. The pacer dismissed MS Dhoni a total of five times in the format.