Brett Lee - The Binga Express turns 46 years old today.
Context: Today marks the 46th birthday of one of the fiercest bowlers to ever grace the cricket field. We can have a debate over who is the quickest bowler in history. Is that Shoaib Akhtar or Brett Lee. But there is no disputing the fact that they are the best fast bowlers the world has ever seen. Brett Lee, also known by his nickname "Binga," celebrated his 46th birthday today. The destructive pace, the dominance, and the fear he bought to the game were just unimaginable.
Full Story: If I had been a fast bowler, I would have wished I could have bowled like Brett Lee or Shoaib Akhtar at the same speed. Brett Lee commanded the world of cricket's pace bowling when I was too young to appreciate it. I was unable to watch the One-Day International World Cup in 2003. During that World Cup, the world witnessed one of the most spectacular Pace Bowling attacks the sport has ever seen. It was Australia's unbeaten team that took home the World Cup title. In fact, they are the only team in cricket history to have won three consecutive world cups. Behind their legacy, there were the names of some all-time greats. Brett Lee was one of them. With Andy Bichel and Glenn McGrath, the poster kid of cricket has joined the most fearsome speed bowling attack in the world. During that competition, these three bowlers combined for a total of 59 wickets taken. 'Binga' grabbed a total of 22 wickets, with Andy Bichel taking 16 and Glenn McGrath taking 21 wickets respectively. Since the event, I have never seen a trio of bowling units take as many wickets in a One-Day International competition as they did in this one. Brett was one of the most successful Australian bowlers in history. The entire globe witnessed the devastation he brought to the game. The basis for his success was his pace, his accuracy, and to analyze his opponent's movements. He was able to identify the weak point of almost every batsman he was able to dismiss.
His fastest ball traveled at a speed of 161.3 kilometers per hour. His quickest overcame against England during the Ashes series in 2003. The speeds he bowled with were 143 Kph, 151 Kph, 158 Kph, 158 Kph, 160 Kph, 161 Kph, and 158 Kph in that one-over span. Stat Source If I were a batsman and had to confront anything like this, I would have fainted. Brett Lee became the first bowler in T-20 history to take a hat-trick of wickets.
The reason I included the photo is that I saw the match. During the 2011 World Cup, I witnessed how committed Brett Lee was against India. Despite the fact that he was badly injured, he continued to play and bowl. This one incident alone earned the admiration of a large number of cricket enthusiasts. And I believe that event had a positive impact on the majority of the youngsters who watched the game at that time. Throughout his professional career, he was injured on a number of occasions. Despite the fact that he was a fast bowler, it was expected. However, if he had been in peak physical condition throughout his career, it would have been a far more impressive career. Aside from his professional playing career, he is a wonderful person too. Recently, he made a donation to the Indian government in the amount of Rs 42 lakh Rupees. During the covid time, it is demonstrated that he has a wonderful heart as well. The "Binga" turned 46 today. I wish him a happy birthday.