Team India registered a thrilling win over Pakistan in their T20 World Cup campaign opener. The win came on the back of Virat Kohli’s iconic knock, who smashed an unbeaten 82.
However, keeping him down for too long is well-nigh impossible, said former Australia pacer, Brett Lee, just days before the T20 World Cup while expressing his surprise over the criticism on Kohli’s lean patch. Speaking to PTI, he said that a legend like Kohli can’t be kept down for too long.
“I found it quite amusing when someone of the calibre of Virat Kohli was attacked. Those who had attacked Kohli didn’t have a look at his records and his performances in the three formats of the game,” Brett Lee said during an interaction organized by Legends League Cricket.”
“There are times when you don’t get hundreds or you don’t get fifties. That’s all part of professional sport. What I do know is Virat Kohli is a legend of the game and it’s very hard to keep these guys down for too long,” he further added.
“They needed someone like Bumrah” – Brett Lee
Like many others, Brett Lee also said that Jasprit Bumrah’s absence is a big loss for India, but he also felt Mohammed Shami is an ideal replacement.
“Obviously they needed somebody like Bumrah, who could close out on an innings. If India have to win the tournament they have to bowl well in the last five overs. The side that close out at death as bowling unit will win the T20 World Cup,” he added.
Brett Lee also said that he would be happy if Australia batter David Warner is considered for future Australia captain, keeping aside the ball-tampering matter.
“I have got no issues with David Warner getting a chance to lead Australia in future. He has a great cricket brain and, in my opinion, deserves every chance to captain Australia,” Brett Lee concluded.