Former Australia fast bowler Brett Lee has named India as the favorites to win the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. The legendary pacer, however, favored his national side to win the World Cup and considers that it is the best chance for the Aaron Finch-led side to clinch the coveted trophy.
Lee has also picked KL Rahul as the top run-scorer of the tournament, while he also picked Mohammed Shami as the leading wicket-taker.
“But saying that, I think India are probably the favourites 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. So if they deliver and India have one of the leading run-scorers and wicket-takers, it’s a good start,” Lee wrote in his column for International Cricket Council (ICC).
Lee also talked about Team India T20 future and suggested that team management should look to build the team around KL Rahul.
“England, they’re always a big threat because of the squad they’ve got and the experience they have. But, for me, India are the favourites,” Lee told ‘Foxsports.com.au.
Brett Lee suggests building a team around KL Rahul: Lee said that KL Rahul is a great prospect and building a team around him will also ease the pressure off Virat Kohli. “I’ve backed KL Rahul to get the most runs in the competition. I think KL Rahul coming off a great IPL, he’s the pillar that the guys can build around him because it takes the pressure off Kohli if KL Rahul is scoring runs. It allows Kohli to just play his natural game,” Foxsports.com.au quoted Lee as saying.
India will face Pakistan in their opening game of the T20 World Cup 2021 at the Dubai International Stadium on October 24.
India, champions in the inaugural edition played in South Africa in 2007 and finalists in 2014, will also have Afghanistan, New Zealand, and two qualifiers from Round 1 to contend with in Group 2.
“And obviously with Virat Kohli and the captaincy, it’s probably his last crack at it so he’ll want to go out on a high. India would definitely be one of the top picks and could definitely win this thing,” he added.
Brett Lee showed optimism and asked the Aaron Finch-led team to lift their maiden T20 World Cup title. “I’m very patriotic, I want Australia to win and I think they can, but India definitely will be in the final and I think Australia has their best chance,” he added.
“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. I will also put a lot of weight behind Mitchell Starc. There has been some debate in the last year about Starc being past his best but he would be in my team every single time, Josh Hazlewood has had a good IPL and Pat Cummins is a superstar. He is the David Beckham of the team, whatever he touches turns to gold,” he added.
Australia will open its T20 World Cup campaign against South Africa at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
The ICC T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman will get underway from October 17, with the final to be played in Dubai on November 14.