Brett Lee during a Big Bash League match © Getty Images
By Divya Suryanarayan
Mumbai: Jul 27, 2014
Former Australian speedster Brett Lee on Sunday said he was impressed with the fearless attitude of the Indian youngsters in the ongoing Test series against England.
“I have been really impressed with the new Indian side. They are playing fearless cricket and that happens only when you get new people into the team. It is not that they been in the team for a while and they are worried about not performing. You get these young guys in and they just don’t care. They just go out there and think I am gonna give my best shot, hundred per cent. They are doing so well. I think India have found a great bunch of people now,” Lee told PTI at the Brett Lee Mewsic India foundation event.
The 37-year-old former pacer said he has been particularly impressed with the performance of lanky Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma, who dished out a brilliant spell at the Lord’s to win the second cricket Test match for India.
“If you get seven wickets at Lords, you are doing a pretty good job. I have been really impressed. He is a great guy. First and foremost he is a wonderful fellow. He has got good pace, a good height and he is using that bouncer so well,” Lee said.
“(Skipper Mahendra Singh) Dhoni knew on the back of his mind that was the wicket to pitch short on and try and ruffle up things for the batsmen,” he said.
Lee played down the on-field altercation between Indian all rounder Ravindra Jadeja and England pacer James Anderson, saying: “It is very hard for me to comment because I haven’t seen the incident but most importantly the media is the one that keeps blaring it up. I think we have to move on and actually worry about cricket.”
The incident, which occurred as the players left the field at lunch on the second day of the first Test at Trent Bridge, saw Jadeja charged with a level two misconduct offence for allegedly approaching Anderson in a threatening manner.
Anderson was charged with a level three offence for having “abused and pushed” his opponent. Match referee David Boon found Jadeja, who was batting at the time, not guilty of the offence for which he had been originally accused but felt his conduct was contrary to the spirit of the game and fined him 50 per cent of his match fees. Lee’s foundation operates five music centres for under privileged children in India and plans to take the total to 100 in the next five to 10 years.