Former Australia cricketer Brett Lee, who is one of the fastest bowlers in the world, has narrated a year-old anecdote about former India opener Virender Sehwag. Sehwag has been a formidable opener of his time and has also been very famous for his batting. Lee told this anecdote that he thought then that one Sachin Tendulkar was not enough, which turned into another Sachin Tendulkar. Lee has troubled batsmen like Tendulkar, Brian Lara with his bowling. Lee has said many times that bowling to Tendulkar has been the toughest thing for him. Lee has narrated the story of the Boxing Day Test played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 2003, where Virender Sehwag scored 195 runs on the very first day.
Lee said on his YouTube channel ‘Brett Lee TV’, ‘When you hear the words Cruel, Swashbuckling, Unpredictable, Virender Sehwag’s name comes to my mind. He played with a smile on his face, he was one of those players who wanted to hit a six off the first ball of a Test match and he did. It was difficult to bowl to him.
Lee said, ‘You would think that you bowled a good length and you got the wicket of Sehwag, but he used to send the ball over cover for a six. He looked a bit like Sachin Tendulkar and I used to think that there was one less Sachin Tendulkar who has come. We Australian players had put a player at third man to trap Sehwag, we tried this in an ODI match, but he hit a six. And then he laughed looking like me. Many people say that he was made for ODI or T20 format, but I do not believe it. I think he was the perfect Test cricketer because it was very difficult to bowl to him. When you bowl in Test cricket, you want to create momentum with the first ball, but he used to break the bowler’s momentum by hitting a four or a six on the first ball.