Among my memories from that first trip was the time I caught a tuk-tuk - a motorized rickshaw - to training. I can’t recall who I was with or in which city we were, but I do clearly remember the music the driver played on his cassette recorder.
As we whizzed in and out of traffic with legs and cricket gear hanging out the sides of a vehicle smoking like a green log, there was one particular song that struck me. I asked the driver what it was; he had to repeat his answer a few times, more slowly on each occasion, before I finally heard it properly.
‘Muqabala,’ he said.
He told me it was a very famous song about men fighting over a woman. Although he was surprised when I asked if I could buy it, he sold it to me for 10 rupees - about 30 cents. In a twist I could never have expected at the time, I sang part of that song 10 years later on the top rating Indian television talk show, Rendezvous.
Image: Brett Lee displays his familiarity with India by sporting a vermillion tilak on his forehead