Lambasted by Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Australian pacer Brett Lee has asserted that he did not block Sachin Tendulkar “on purpose” during the Indian batsman's controversial run-out in the crucial tri-series ODI in Sydney.
Australia won the match by 87 runs on Sunday, but the talking point of the game was Tendulkar's run out. “Great win by the Aussies, Boys are very excited. Just for the record I would never block the great man Sachin on purpose when is running,” Lee tweeted after the match.
The dismissal happened after the final delivery of the seventh over bowled by Lee during India's run chase at the venue of the infamous '2008 monkeygate scandal’.
Gautam Gambhir called for a single to which Tendulkar responded only to be run out by David Warner.
Lee was seen standing in Tendulkar's way after running across the pitch while the Indian was sprinting towards the crease.
Tendulkar threw his arms up in frustration when the ball hit the stumps, making it clear that he wasn't happy with Lee blocking his way but umpires Simon Taufel (at square leg) and Billy Bowden ruled against the batsman after some deliberation.
Dhoni at the post-match press conference was unsparing on Lee, saying the Australian pacer had no business standing in way of Tendulkar.
“I don't think you can justify Lee going towards the point fielder. I don't think he had real business to go over there and decide to stand just in front of Tendulkar. That means he (Tendulkar) will have to take a longer way across. ,” Dhoni said.
“Tendulkar was disappointed that he was given out despite the bowler (Lee) standing in his way,” he had stated.
India desperate, says Warner
Sydney: Australian opener David Warner said on Monday he sensed “desperation” among the Indian visitors as they try to salvage something from their dismal Down Under tour.
Warner, who helped Australia secure their place in the tri-series ODI finals following a massive win over India on Sunday, said he was surprised by how poorly the tourists performed. Warner said India captain MS Dhoni’s had voiced disappointment at two controversial umpiring decisions that went against his side on Sunday, revealing the urgency of his desire to arrest their slump.
“We can see the desperation from the Indians this summer... they’re trying to get something out of it,” Warner told reporters.
“They got beaten 4-0 in the Test series and now they're not doing too well in the one-dayers so they're trying to appeal for anything at the moment.”