Former Australia fast bowler Brett Lee has backed India to reach the finals of the upcoming International T20 Cup, which is due to begin on October 17 in Oman and UAE. India have been phenomenal in the shortest format and have played a good amount of cricket leading up to the global event. While Lee has picked India to reach the summit clash, he wants Australia to do well and feels it is their best chance to finally win the elusive title.
The former Australia pacer also backed India batter KL Rahul to get the most runs in the showpiece event due to his rich vein of form. “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 Rahul is scoring runs. It allows Kohli to just play his natural game,” Foxsports.com.au quoted Lee as saying.
“And obviously with 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. 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.
India and Australia will have an opportunity to take a phycological advantage when they clash in the warm-up match on October 20. India are placed in Group B and begin their campaign against Pakistan on Sunday (October 24) at the Dubai International Stadium. Australia, on the other hand, will kick off the Super 12s against South Africa on October 23.