New Delhi: Their on-field face-offs were among the most exhilarating sights in international cricket and as Australian speedster Brett Lee drew curtains on his injury-ravaged career, senior Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar paid tribute to him saying that it was a "joy" to pad up against the pacer.
"BrettLee_58 Its been a joy to play against u Binga.
"Congratulations for a successful career.... All the best wishes to you for the future," tweeted Tendulkar.
Lee responded with as much respect, saying that the Indian brought out the best in him.
"@sachin_rt yes mate it's been fun. Thanks for all the hard battles on the pitch. You definitely brought the best out of me," said the 35-year-old, who endured several injuries in a 13-year career before calling it day on Friday.
Not just Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, recuperating after undergoing chemotherapy for a rare germ cell cancer, also lauded the affable Australian, often described as "the smiling assasin".
"A man who always bowld his heart out A match winnr champion bowlr wrld clas athlete a lovely friend a good human I'm sad bret lee hs retired," said Yuvraj.
"My favourite lee moment 2004 india vs aus at perth vb series ! Gilly was standing on 30 yard circle and binga was firing 155km! Phew!!," recalled the left-hander.
Lee was quick to acknowledge, saying "@YUVSTRONG12 thanks legend, hope you're going strong."
Tendulkar also paid tribute to South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher who was forced to retire recently after sustaining an eye injury.
"Markb46 What a tragic injury to end Mark Boucher's career. Certainly one of the greatest wkt keepers the game has seen. SA will miss him," he said on the social networking site.