Ahead of the T20 World Cup, which starts on October 17 in the UAE and Oman, Brett Lee has stated that India should build around KL Rahul, and it will take the pressure off Virat Kohli. He added that, after a great IPL season, Rahul is likely to become the highest runner in the big event.
India kicks off their campaign against arch-rival Pakistan on October 24 in Dubai, and the Men in Blue are hoping to get off to a good start to the tournament. Virat Kohli had announced that he will be stepping down as India’s T20I skipper after the event, and the 32-year-old will look forward to lifting his first ICC trophy before finishing his T20I captaincy stint.
Meanwhile, former Australian pacesetter Brett Lee stated that India should build around KL Rahul, and it could take the pressure off Virat Kohli. He further stated that the 29-year-old is going to have a great IPL season and that he will probably be the best go-getter in the upcoming T20 World Cup.
“I’ve supported KL Rahul to get the most runs in the competition. I think KL Rahul got a great IPL, he’s the pillar the guys can build around him as it takes the pressure off Kohli when Rahul scores runs ,” Lee told Foxsports.com.au.
“It allows Kohli to just play his natural game. And with Kohli and the captaincy, it’s probably his last try, so he’ll want to get out there,” he added.
Speaking about India’s chances of winning the T20 World Cup, Lee said England have a strong squad with experience, but India will be the favorites to win the title with their well-balanced squad.
“England, they are always a big threat because of the squad they have and the experience they have. But for me, India are the favourites,” said Lee.
“You think of India dominating all formats, but also because of the Indian Premier League, the young guys coming through, they also have a really good pace now and their top order can be unstoppable,” he added.
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