Brett Lee on Team India: Former Australia fast bowler Brett Lee believes that the Indian team has the potential to reach the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup but for that, it has to play to its full potential i.e. bowl to Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will have to increase the pace.
In a special conversation with PTI, Lee talked about the Indian team’s bowling attack and said that despite losing by 10 wickets to Pakistan in the first match, India can make a comeback. Regarding Pandya’s role in the team, he said, “Indian team is strong only when Hardik Pandya is bowling, if he is fit. If he is not fit then various options will have to be considered but I believe he should be in the team only as an all-rounder.
‘Bhubaneswar will have to increase speed’
Regarding Bhuvneshwar, he said, ‘Bhubaneswar’s biggest quality was that he can swing the ball from both sides. Very few fast bowlers in the world can do this. To be successful on these pitches, he has to bowl at a speed of 140 kilometers per hour. It has to pick up the pace and also need diversity.
He said, ‘It has done many experiments against Pakistan but failed. He is effective only when he delivers the ball up to knee height in which the batsman is more likely to be caught leg before or behind the wicket. Lee said that Mohammed Shami is so successful in T20 cricket because he bowls the length of the Test match. He said, ‘Test match length i.e. the ball between full length and good length. I believe that in the opening overs with the new ball, success comes from the ball of Test match length.
He also condemned the treatment meted out to David Warner of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL. He said, ‘I defended him throughout the IPL because he was treated very badly. He was stripped of his captaincy, not placed in the playing XI and not allowed to enter the stadium. An orange cap holder is not treated like this.
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