Lambasted by 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
Australia won the match by 87 runs last night 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,(sic)"
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
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 Tendulkar 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 that you can justify that Lee was going towards the point
fielder. I don't think he had real business to go over there and to decide
to stand just in front of Tendulkar. That means he (Tendulkar) will have
to take a longer way across. That is my reading of that particular run
out," Dhoni said.
"Tendulkar was disappointed that he was given out despite the bowler (Lee)
standing in his way," he had stated.
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Australia beat India by 87 runs in Sydney ODI