When Sachin took Lee for a drive in his Ferrari

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Published: Monday, July 16, 2012, 13:44 [IST]
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When Sachin took Lee in his Ferrari

Bangalore, Jul 16: Retired Australian fast bowler Brett Lee was taken on a drive by Sachin Tendulkar in his Ferrari 360 Modena car in Mumbai in the middle of the night, a report said.

A report in the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper quoted author James Knight as saying about the incident. However, it did not mention in which year it happened.

Tendulkar was gifted a Ferrari by Fiat after he equalled Don Bradman's record of 29 Test centuries. He received the car from Michael Schumacher in 2002. Recently, Tendulkar sold the car to a Surat businessman.

Lee, who retired from international cricket recently, had shared his respect for Tendulkar on Sunday through Twitter and the Master Blaster too acknowledged his friendship with the Australian.

Knight, who wrote Lee's biography, My Life, last year, said, the Little Master suggested the pair go go-karting. Lee asked what time they'd go the next day.

Tendulkar said "No. We'll go now". "'Then I realised what I'd said - if there's anyone who can have a go-karting place opened when he wants, it's Sachin," Lee said.

"He made a couple of calls and within 10 or 15 minutes we were there. His assistant brings out a No.10 [his playing number] go-kart, which I reckon was souped-up. I reckon I got stitched up for sure."

Afterwards, Tendulkar invited Lee for a drive. "What time in the morning,'" Lee asked. "No. Now,"' Tendulkar replied. Soon Tendulkar arrived in his Ferrari and the pair whizzed through the streets of Mumbai in the middle of the night, the only time Tendulkar can drive his car without being mobbed, the report said.

Also the report added, "on a flight during the Champions League two years ago, the owner of the huge Indian company Venky's chicken, Venkatesh Rao, sent his assistant to ask Lee to sit next to him. Lee said no thanks, but Rao insisted. Lee relented and, by the end of the flight, he'd agreed to become the face of Venky's chicken."

"When Brett's birthday came along," Knight says, "the assistant flew all the way from India to deliver a birthday present to Brett. He was here for one night, Brett and [Lee's long-time manager] Neil Maxwell took him out for tea and the assistant gave Brett the present - a $45,000 Rolex watch."


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