Home > News >

Brett Lee heaps praise on KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir

Brett Lee heaps praise on KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir

Kolkata Knight Riders speedster Brett Lee feels it can be a challenge to lead men from different countries but Gambhir has acquitted himself well © AFP

 

Kolkata: May 29, 2012

 

Australian speedster Brett Lee is impressed with the leadership skills of his IPL-winning side Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir and praised him for the way he lived up to the challenge of captaining a side with players from different countries.

 

Lee praised Gambhir for his fighting qualities and also for his ability to make the dressing room light with banters.

 

“I am impressed. He is a very structured player, someone who likes to take on opposition. Off the field, he likes to have a joke with his teammates. More importantly, I think he is respected for his fairness,” Lee told PTI.

 

“It can be a challenge to lead men from different countries but Gambhir has acquitted himself well,” he said.

 

Lee feels that the yorker remained the most lethal weapon for a bowler in the death overs in Twenty20 cricket.

 

“I think it’s pretty hard to get past a yorker in the death overs. If you can hit the base of the stumps, you can trouble the best. With a perfect Yorker, you are 90 per cent assured that you can win the battle. With batsmen getting creative with their stroke play, I think a yorker is the best,” said Lee who has retired from Test and ODI cricket.

 

Asked what he likes most about KKR, Lee said, “I think the fans are fanatics. They enjoy cricket, they appreciate a good contest. Like when Pune Warriors played in Kolkata, they were on their feet cheering ‘Dada’. When he took a catch, it really blew the roof off in Eden Gardens.”

 

Lee was also upbeat about MEWSIC, his charitable foundation in India, and said he was happy to give back to the country which had given him so much love.

 

“It’s an attempt to raise smiles on the faces of the children who are deprived. We have already raised about USD 75,000 for our foundation. I do a lot of work back home with children’s hospital,” Lee said.

 

“I always had this fascination for India. People have given me so much love and affection. It was two years of planning, lot of hard work and making sure that we have right people around us,” said Lee who had sung songs with singing legend Asha Bhonsle.

 

Asked why he chose the name MEWSIC for his foundation, he said, “I wanted something to stand out. Also with Binga, the cat as our logo, I thought MEWSIC will be closer to a meow of a cat. We wanted it to be fun and I guess it appeals to children.”

 

On who is a bigger star between Lee and his IPL side KKR co-owner Shahrukh Khan, he quipped, “Definitely Shahrukh.

 

I mean when his face comes on the screen, the crowd goes nuts.

 

But still he is such a down-to-earth person. He is famous around the world. Even in Australia, it’s massive when he comes over.” (PTI)

World T20 League 2014

Oct 2, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

World T20 League 2014

Oct 2, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

West Indies tour of India 2014, Practice match

Oct 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Mumbai

Matador BBQs One-Day Cup, 2014

Oct 4, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Matador BBQs One-Day Cup, 2014

Oct 4, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Brisbane

More

World T20 League 2014

Sep 30, 2014  at Bengaluru

Barbados won by 6 wkts (D/L method)

World T20 League 2014

Sep 30, 2014  at Bengaluru

Perth Scorchers won by 3 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 29, 2014  at Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 36 runs

World T20 League 2014

Sep 28, 2014  at Mohali

Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 28, 2014  at Mohali

Hobart Hurricanes won by 6 wkts

Photos

Cricket on Mt. Kilimanjaro

Videos

Brian Lara speaks on the art of batting

Mitchell Marsh helps Perth Scorchers clinch 3-wicket victory against Lahore Lions in CLT20 2014

Live Cricket Score Barbados Tridents vs Northern Knights CLT20 2014 Match 20: Barbados Tridents win by 6 wickets

Gautam Gambhir becomes second player after MS Dhoni to captain in 100 T20 matches

Consecutive century opening partnerships in ODIs for each team

Have Manish Pandey’s T20 performances eclipsed his impressive First-Class record?

Asian Games Asian Games 2014 Cape Cobras Champions League T20 2014 Chennai Super Kings CLT20 CLT20 2014 Dolphins India at Asian Games 2014 Kings XI Punjab Lahore Lions Perth Scorchers

Barbados Tridents vs Northern Knights CLT20 2014 Match 20: Tridents have their maiden win in CLT20 0214

Barbados Tridents vs Northern Knights CLT20 2014 Match 20: After decent start by Tridents, Knights make comeback with late wickets

Bangladesh Cricket Board: Nadir Shah ban still on

Barbados Tridents vs Northern Knights CLT20 2014 Match 20: Knights set target of 138 (D/L) in 19 overs

PCB unhappy with bouncy tracks at Dubai for Australia series

Highest score by a batsman when all the other batsmen got single digit scores in a T20 match

Gautam Gambhir becomes second player after MS Dhoni to captain in 100 T20 matches

Lahore Lions vs Perth Scorchers Match 19 CLT20 2014: Lahore likely XI

CLT20 2014: Lahore Lions vs Perth Scorchers Match 19 — Key Battles

Consecutive century opening partnerships in ODIs for each team

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

671 Posts | 6 Fans

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab- Final Match Highlights from IPL 2014

Microsoft’s Windows 10 unveiled

Barbados Tridents vs Northern Knights CLT20 2014 Match 20: Tridents have their maiden win in CLT20 0214

Highest score by a batsman when all the other batsmen got single digit scores in a T20 match

Ello might be ad-free, but it is far from claiming Facebook’s throne

Bigg Boss 8 highlights: Payback time for Deepshikha Nagpal’s team with reverse Hijack, RJ Preetam’s team blames him for their defeat

NGOs pursue education for all

Pankaj Kapur saw son Shahid Kapoor’s Haider and said “It’s Okay”

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Bigg Boss 8 Day 9 recap: Gautam Gulati faces punishment for his antics

Sex after pregnancy — how to get her in the mood

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here