The Indian team are good enough to reach the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup, but in order for the team to play to their full potential, Hardik Pandya “has to start bowling” and Bhuvneshwar Kumar has to step up the pace, says former Australian speedster Brett Lee. In an exclusive interview with PTI, Lee opened up about the Indian team’s bowling attack and said they have the ability to make a comeback after the 10 wicket loss to Pakistan in the opening game of the Super 12 in Dubai. Asked about Pandya’s role in the team, Lee said: “A strong Indian team is a strong Indian team with Hardik Pandya bowling if he’s in great shape of course. If he’s not in great shape, you might have to consider different options, but I think he needs to be on the team as a real all-rounder. “
“He has to play bowling, he’s got great skills, he bowling well to death, he can hit the yorker, good bouncer bowls, wonderful change of pace, so it’s that kind of guy, who adds a little more spark to this Indian team, “said the formidable fast bowler of yesteryear.
Bhuvneshwar’s lack of rhythm hasn’t escaped Lee’s attention and he wants the UP crimper to hit speeds at the end of 130 seconds in order to be effective.
“Look, Bhuvneshwar’s great ability was to swing the ball back and forth. Few of the fast bowlers in the world can shape the ball back and forth, and to be effective at these wickets Bhuvneshwar has to play close to 140 km. / h. I think he needs to play fast and needs some variation, “observed Lee.
He also felt that against Pakistan, Bhuvneshwar was trying too many things and was wrong in length.
“I think he missed a round the other night and maybe he tried a few different things. Bhuvneshwar is effective when he throws that nice knee-length length and the ball goes in to give him weight or be caught behind. I hope he gets that right in the next game. “
For someone who has played most of their cricket on bouncy tracks suitable for heartbeats, Lee thinks length is a relative term depending on the tracks.
“If it’s Sharjah, the delivery time has to be a fraction back because there isn’t a lot of bounce. Ultimately what you are trying to achieve is to throw a ball where it is. hits the top of the stump and if it is tilted 6.5 meters or 7 meters long, ”he explained.
He reckons that Mohammed Shami has been so successful lately in T20 cricket because he is playing that “ideal test match length”.
“Someone like Mohammed Shami has done exceptionally well in T20 lately. I watched it in IPL and the reason it did well is that it reached this test match length.
“Now, what is a test match length? The test match length on any track is the length that is between the fullest point and the correct length. So I think a good test match length with a whole new ball at the start can bring success. “
Lee is happy that Varun Chakravarthy and Ravindra Jadeja are the two frontline spinners in the Game XI and expects Ravichandran Ashwin to make the squad only if there is a fast pitcher who is not doing well.
“Chakravarthy is a quality spinner with a wonderful leg break, a good top spinner and a bad ‘one and he’s in good shape. But when you think of Ashwin he’s also world class but I still think you should. go there with three informing fast bowlers doing the business.
“Then you have Chakravarthy as the fourth pitcher and Jadeja, who is a real all-rounder and a spinner.
“It should be the five bowlers, but yes, if they feel that a fast bowler isn’t doing the job, then obviously Ashwin comes in,” he said.
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