Team India need depth in fast bowling, says Brett Lee

first_imgIndian seamers played a crucial role in India’s win over England at LordsAustralia’s once fierce fast bowler Brett Lee for all his battles with Indian batsmen, is a friend of Indian cricket now. A frequent visitor of India, even more so after retirement for business purpose, Lee thinks the Indian team is shaping up well for the Australian tour later in the year.Going by his assessment, the 4-0 mauling Dhoni’s team suffered at the hands of the Aussies in their last outing in 2011 may not mean much any longer. For him, India’s win at Lords changes things dramatically. “They did extremely well to keep their nerve at Lords. India has started to hit the straps now. They have started to show glimpses of what they can be like and there’s no reason they can’t be super competitive against Australia when they come over and put up a good show,” he tells India Today on the sidelines of his Brett Lee Mewsic foundation show.The interview was recorded when proceedings had just begun at Southampton with India getting into the test with the euphoria over the hiding they managed to give England at Lords. England’s batting show in the first innings at the third test has changed things quite a bit. Alistair Cook is no more out of form and has raised hope that it could reflect in his captainship.India doesn’t have the hero of Lords Ishant here and this is a problem area India needs to address, points out Lee. “It’s a shame Ishant isn’t playing in this test match. But teams have to have depth. Australia did well through 2000’s because they had depth in fast bowling. So India has to look for the same,” he says.advertisementBrett would remember Ishant too well. His show against the Aussies, particularly their skipper Ricky Ponting in 2007 was like the coming of age of the Indian fast bowler. Sadly for Ishant, in between his Lords show and that tour to Australia, 6 summers ago, his 57 test matches have only produced 174 wickets at an average of 37.Yet Brett points out if Ishant can use his height well, he will always be a force. “Ishant gets steep bounce and his trajectory off the wicket is something that not a lot of other bowlers have got. They have found him hard because they haven’t expected the bounce he got at Lords,” he points out.”When on song Ishant is a great bowler,” he adds. A compliment Ishant has heard once too often but failed to be ‘on song’ often enough.Following the Lords result Lee did think though that India has a golden chance to beat England. “1-0 is a great lead to have. I think, India have a massive chance to win series,” he reckoned. But going by the way Indian bowlers have found it tough to buy English wickets at Southampton, India will have to show some serious fight back to turn Lee’s prophecy right.last_img