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‘It’s like an altogether new game’ says Brett Lee

Brett Lee

Brett Lee  

Legendary former Aussie pacer Brett Lee plays role of hearing ambassador

Seven-year-old Mohammed Ramzan simply could not stop grinning ear-to-ear as the legendary former Aussie pacer Brett Lee, a man he had only seen in television terrorising opponents, gave him a high-five.

Only, the handsome Aussie the youngster met was a more pleasant and adorable version of the aggressive bowler who used to steam in and hurl 150 kilometre per hour-thunderbolts at opposing batsmen.

Mr. Lee was in the city meeting the families of children fitted with Cochlear implant in his capacity as its hearing ambassador.

“I take my role as the hearing ambassador very seriously. It is amazing that we are changing the lives of children,” said a really fit-looking Mr. Lee in a body-hugging black tees.

An avid music buff, the former pacer who clocked one of the fastest ever deliveries in the game that breached the 100 miles per hour barrier, said that he continues to play the guitar for his band Six and Out rock band.

“Music is one thing I go back to both in moments of happiness and sadness. To hear the sound of music, of a wicket, are all things we take for granted. It is such a nightmare for children born without the ability to hear some of the most beautiful sounds in the world,” Mr. Lee said.

The cricketer who used to get acting offers from the Bollywood even during his playing days, said that he was game for the challenge. “Bring it on,” he said with a smile.

However, having literally lived out of a suitcase, the bane of a modern cricketer, the affable Aussie does not want to take up assignments, which may keep him away from his family for months. It is one of the reasons why he has not yet taken up serious coaching stints like many of his former team-mates. Though he didn’t rule it out in the future, Mr. Lee said that priorities have changed. “My family is the most important thing in my life now along with the activities helping people,” he said.

Having left his mark in the game, he said that he never missed his playing days. “I gave it my all in the cricket field as long as I could and when you do that you can walk away from the game without any regrets. That was one stage of my life and this the second stage. It’s like an altogether new game.”

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