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Thursday , January 17 , 2013
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Lee rues Sachin absence

New Delhi: Terming Sachin Tendulkar as an absolute legend, Brett Lee rued that The Master will not been seen in the one-day arena.

“Obviously, all good things, at some stage, must come to an end. Sachin is an absolute legend. He’s been around for so long now and, unfortunately, we won’t see Sachin playing one-day cricket anymore,” Lee said in a statement.

“He had an aura about him as well and you could tell that he was a great player. Every time Sachin went out to bat, he looked the part. He’s always well dressed and prepared. He has his mannerisms at the crease, things every player does to get in a mindset and it’s like clockwork,” said Lee.

“He loves taking the ball onů He takes it personal, he wants to be the person who will go out there and do the job for his team, whether it is to set up or seal a win.”

Lee said that in his international career, Brian Lara was the only player, other than Sachin, who had pushed him hard to get the wicket.

“He (Sachin) is just so naturally gifted. It’s a nice piece of statistics to know that I’ve got him out nine times in ODIs. I think that when I played against Sachin, I always gave a little bit extra if that was possible.”