He has bowled to some of the world's best batsmen in his career, but speedster Brett Lee feels iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar and the legendary Sir Don Bradman are in a different league.
"It is always hard to compare players from different eras. I believe the best players in one era would compare with the best in others. That said, Bradman and Tendulkar are two players that stand out amongst all batsman. They are in a league of their own," said Lee in an e-mail interview to PTI.
The 34-year-old Australian, who has retired from Tests, was reacting to a question whether it was proper to compare the Indian batting maestro with the late Australian legend when the two players had played under vastly different circumstances, rules and conditions.
Lee, who formed a lethal pace bowling partnership with fellow-Australians Glenn McGrath and Jason Gillespie that helped keep his country on top for more than a decade in the highest form of the game, was emphatic that Tendulkar was the best-ever batsman he had bowled to.
He also hailed the champion batsman for his stupendous feats of completing 50 Test tons and being the first and only batsman to score a double hundred in ODIs, and was wholesome in praise of the Indian maestro for getting a barrage of runs against top class pace away from home.