Brett Lee tormented batters all around the world with his extraordinary bowling speeds and startling accuracy during his playing career. Lee represented Australia in 76 Tests, 221 ODIs, and 25 T20Is over a three-decade career, establishing himself as one of the most fearsome fast bowlers in cricket history. Lee's battles against India saw him go toe-to-toe with some of the finest in the world, and his record against the side remains excellent as well: 53 Test wickets (in 12 matches) and 55 ODI dismissals (in 32 matches).
During his matches against India, Lee bowled to batting greats such as Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, and VVS Laxman, among others; nonetheless, he chose one current Indian squad member to bowl to if given the chance. In 2015, the 45-year-old announced his retirement from all forms of the game, and Lee insisted that he would be happy to bowl to the India star even if he went for a six.
“I had the pleasure of playing against Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli at the start of his career, (even) Virender Sehwag.. I think someone like Rishabh Pant would be very exciting to bowl to,” Lee said during a fan interaction on sportsbet.io.
“He’s pretty nifty, walks around the crease, is very aggressive, and is the one guy I’d like to challenge myself against. I’ve had the pleasure to meet him a few times, and he’s pretty unorthodox, which would make it very hard to bowl him to. He would probably hit me for a six, but that's ok!" Lee concluded.
Pant, who emerged as India's first-choice wicketkeeper-batter following outstanding performances in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy last year, is one of the team's few all-format players. He became the first Asian wicketkeeper-batter to score hundreds in both Tests and ODIs in England last month. He has five Test centuries to his name in 31 matches, as well as 27 ODIs and 54 T20Is for the side.