Image:-Sachin Tendulkar toyed with Shane Warne, it was like playing cat and mouse: Brett Lee
Speaking on Star Sports, Lee said Tendulkar was battling very comfortably against Warne, and indeed on his day, the Master Blaster was just playing with the Australian leg-spinner, which was a rare sight.
"He (Tendulkar) used to go down the wicket a couple of times and invited Warne to bowl a fraction too short. He would sometimes wait patiently on the back foot and play those beautiful shots," Lee said.
"It was almost like playing cat and mouse with Warne and not many batsmen can play cat and mouse with Shane Warne because he's so talented, but Sachin Tendulkar was playing with Warne on days and that's not often the case," he added.
Tendulkar and Warne had an epic duel every time they were up against each other on the field. Lee further revealed that Warne hated the manner in which Tendulkar battled him and expressed anger after being unable to get the former Indian batter out.
"The way Sachin used to read bowlers out of his hand, the different technique he used to play different balls was pure class. There were times when Warne was trying to get a bit different trajectory through the air and sometimes he was going to try and get a few balls to drop. Every time he tried the subtle variations, only Sachin was going to pick them up," Lee said. "Warne was going to b ... Warne hated it, he'd come back and say he tried everything to get Sachin out, but he couldn't, "Lee said." I was 22 years old when I got my first chance to play against the Little Master, "Lee, who played for Australia 76 Tests, 221 ODIs and 25 T20Is, said while remembering the first time he played against Tendulkar.
"I nicked him off and I thought I was done. Since I was so happy to get Sachin Tendulkar out I didn't care about a Test match," he added.