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5 Australian cricketers Indians love to love

  • India and Australia hate each other on the cricket field, but there are some Aussies that have become very popular among Indian fans.
Kaushal Raj
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Modified 05 Feb 2017, 23:49 IST
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Australia celebrate winning the 2015 World Cup

Whenever India faces Australia on the cricket field, fireworks are set off. There is just something about the intensity that two heavyweights display while in battle that captivates the imagination and leaves people hooked. There is a healthy hatred on the field, as both teams push the other to the fullest.

There have been titanic battles, iconic moments, heartbreaks and some moments of pure unbridled joy. The 2001 Test series in India between the two teams will go down in history, while there have been a number of other matches that went down to the wire.

At some point in this journey, Indians started enjoying the performances of some Australians more than the others. While cricketers like Glenn McGrath sometimes antagonized the crowd, there were some who played the game with a smile on their faces and immediately became fan favourites.

Here, we list 5 Australian cricketers that Indians fans loved to watch:

1) Brett Lee

Brett Lee
Brett Lee made fans wherever he went

Brett Lee was part of a very formidable bowling attack for the Aussies that comprised of the likes of Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie and Shane Warne. However, it was Lee, more than the others, who became more popular than the rest.

Be it for his quick run up, athletic build, good looks or the fact that he just bowled really, really quick, he was always very popular among the Indians. The fact that he played the game with a smile endeared him to the masses, providing a fantastic contrast after he delivers the red cherry at 150 kmph+.

Lee, more than others, would go on to have a special connection with India. After participating in the Indian Premier Lee, he would go on to act in movies and dance is songs, becoming a part of the popular culture. In 2015, Brett Lee acted in the movie ‘UnIndian’ for which he recieved good reviews for his performance.

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