Former Australian sprinter Brett Lee believes Indians KL Rahul and Mohammed Shami could emerge as the best participants and leaders in wicket-takers in the Super 12 of the T20 World Cup.
Rahul has been in phenomenal form at the IPL where he was the third top scorer and his Punjab Kings teammate Shami has been bowling lately, including one at the World Cup practice game. against England.
“I think India are probably the favorites with their top four or five batters and their bowling attack. I have KL Rahul down as the top run-scorer in the tournament and Mohammed Shami to be the leading wicket-taker, purely going on the last few months,” Lee wrote in his column for ICC.
“So if they deliver and India have one of the leading run-scorers and wicket-takers, it’s a good start.”
Regarding Australia, Lee said that while David Warner’s confidence has taken a hit following the harsh treatment of him by the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, the hasty prelude is a great stage player who will be key to the team’s success in the world Cup.
SRH eliminated Warner from the captaincy in this year’s IPL first leg, and when the league resumed in the United Arab Emirates, he was ejected from the team after normal appearances in the first two games.
Lee warned the Australians to change the statistics as they do not yet have to win a T20 world title.
Australia begins its campaign against the old enemy, South Africa, on Saturday.
“We have not had a lot of success in this format. It is time we changed it and we do have a side that can take it all the way. It obviously won’t be easy, especially when you look at how strong teams are like England, India. And New Zealand is,” Lee further wrote.
“But this Australian side is loaded with talent and for me, the key is David Warner. I would like to say he is saving the runs for the games that count after his IPL form! He was really harshly dealt with there. And it may have knocked some confidence out of him but he thrives on the big stage. Everything should be rosy for him here, class is permanent.”
The 44-year-old, who played 76 Tests and 221 ODIs. Chose Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood to do well alongside Warner for Australia.
In the first match of Australia’s tournament against the Proteas. Lee said: “South Africa poses a massive threat”.
“They have guys who can take the game away within four or five overs. And it will be a real test.
“I think South Africa is closer to the Australian culture than any other nation, in terms of sport. New Zealand is obviously closer geographically but South Africans are abrasive on the sports field. They are always in your face and I love that, it’s great. It is also why they have been so successful in all formats. I know they will give Australia a red-hot crack.”
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