Former Australian pacer Brett Lee believes that Mumbai Indians (MI) captain Rohit Sharma will have to score runs heavily in the impending IPL 2020 in a bid to increase the chances of winning the title. He said that the opening batsman should work on giving a good start to Indians in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) considering the spin-friendly pitches.
In the interaction on the Star Sports’ show Game Plan, Brett Lee was asked what it would take for Rohit Sharma and the Mumbai Indians to defend their IPL title.
Rohit Sharma has got to be a good leader: Brett Lee
To which, the veteran replied that the four-time IPL winning captain should concentrate on scoring runs with the bat while also leading the team from the front. As per him, by scoring runs, Rohit Sharma would ease the pressure on him as a leader.
“The most important thing for Rohit Sharma is firstly to score runs for Mumbai Indians. He has got to be a good leader but I think being a good leader is a combination of leading from the front in terms of scoring runs and hopefully, the rest of the team will take care of itself,” he added.
He explained that Rohit had an experience of playing in the UAE condition so he should dominate the opposition from the very start of the game.
“And what I mean by that is that if he can go out and dominate at the top of the order with the bat, because of his experience and he knows the conditions better than most players, he has played a lot of cricket in the UAE and done very well, I think that will really help the case of then him becoming that captain,” Brett Lee stated.
Brett Lee rates MI led by Rohit Sharma:
Asked about the Mumbai Indians’ chances in IPL 2020 in the UAE, Brett Lee placed MI in his top four list of winning the IPL. He stated that the defending champions have an excellent squad They have in-form batsman Kieron Pollard, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah in the bowling department while good option in spin bowling, according to the Aussie.
“They are the champions coming off last year. They are a very good squad. Pollard is in form, Rohit Sharma we know what he can do. Jasprit Bumrah, obviously in terms of the bowlers. They have got some good spin options too and powerhouse hitting through the middle order. So, yes they are in my top four,” Brett Lee maintained.
Mumbai Indians will play the IPL 2020 opener against Chennai Super King on 19 September.