Batsmen world over will no longer have to face the long stride, smooth action and hurling of the ball at them at a frightening 150 Km/h. The reason is that Aussie speedster Brett Lee has finally announced his decision to quit form all formats of the game. The 38 year said that he would retire at the end of the current domestic season.
Lee in his heyday was one of the fastest bowlers in World cricket along with Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar. After retiring from International cricket in 2012, Lee was a regular at the Big Bash League turning out for the Sydney Sixers, playing for New South Wales in the domestic circuit and was associated with the Indian Premier League teams – Kolkata Knight Riders after Kings XI Punjab.
Lee’s raw pace was an asset for Australia and along with Jason Gillespie, Glenn McGrath, Lee formed a fearsome pace attack sending shivers down the spine of opposing batsmen. With the great Shane Warne backing the trio with his leg spin wizardry, the Aussies truly had the most potent attack in world cricket since the fearsome West Indies quartet of the 1980’s. Lee’s career though despite many injuries was a splendid one. In 76 Tests he played for Australia, he took 310 wickets, and in 221 ODIs, he took 380 wickets – par with Glenn McGrath as the most wickets by an Australian in ODIs. In Twenty20’s too, he was quite handy with his scorching pace and stinging toe crushing yorkers. He had played in 117 T20s in which he has taken 105 wickets at 30.27 since making his debut in the format in the inaugural T20 between Australia and New Zealand in 2005. His fastest delivery cracked the 161 kilometres per hour mark (100 miles per hour).
An affable persona, Lee is immensely popular. And India is more like a second home for this pace ace. With dashing good looks, Lee in India had bagged endorsements from companies like Timex Watches, New Balance shoes, Boost energy drink among others. He has friends in Bollywood like superstar Shah Rukh Khan co-owner of the IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders and actress Preity Zinta, co-owner of the IPL team Kings XI Punjab. “Binga” as Lee is fondly called has cemented his ties with India in recent times and will be soon seen showing his acting skills in a Bollywood movie. Lee is acting in a Bollywood movie titled ‘UnIndian’, a romantic-comedy being filmed in Sydney and paired opposite Tannishtha Chaterjee. Though he will be missed on the field, post- retirement Lee would be seen in various avatars and like his bowling he is sure to bowl people over in his new roles.