India’s T20 WC win over Australia more important: Brett Lee
While former Australia speedster Brett Lee will surely be rooting for Australia to win in the Sunday’s Women’s T20 World Cup final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, he believes it will be of more importance if India could emerge victorious.
The 43-year-old who played his last international match for Australia in 2012, believes Sunday’s final could be a “start of a major breakthrough” for the women’s game in the cricket-mad country.
“As an Australian, I’d love nothing more than for (Meg) Lanning’s team to do the job. But if India were to win the World Cup for the first time, victory would do so much for women’s cricket in a country that already adores the sport,” wrote Lee in his exclusive column in ICC’s official website.
“This could be the start of a major breakthrough, particularly with the amount of talent that is coming through,” he added.
Lee also wrote highly of India’s 16-year-old batter Shafali Verma, saying the Aussies would need to find ways to counter the in-form right-hander.
“In Shafali Verma, India boast one of the most talented players in the world and you feel that for Australia to win the game, dismissing her will likely be their first job.
“I’ve been so impressed with the opener – it’s staggering to believe she’s only 16 with the confidence she has in her own ability and the way she strikes the ball so cleanly.”