Brett Lee | Sportzwiki

Brett Lee

Brett Lee Getty Images
Brett Lee Getty Images
/

Brett Lee Is Full Of Praise For India’s Bench Strength And Fantastic Pacers Performances

Brett Lee spoke about the importance of bench strength, especially during the current pandemic situation, and singled out India’s performance against Australia. After making it to the final of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship, India will kick off the 2021-23 edition with a five-match series against England, with the first Test commencing on 4 August.

One of the highlights of India’s road to the finals was their victory Down Under against Australia, where they fought back from 1-0 down to win the series 2-1, while losing several key members of the squad along the way, including skipper Virat Kohli.

File photo of Brett Lee | ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP
File photo of Brett Lee | ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP

Brett Lee Credits India’s Bench Strength For Comeback Win In Australia

In the Australian tour, after losing the first Test in Adelaide by eight wickets, India roared back to take the series 2-1, winning the second and fourth Tests in Melbourne and Brisbane respectively, while the third Test match in Sydney ended in a magnificent draw.

With regular skipper Virat Kohli returning home after the first Test, the odds were stacked against India and their stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane. Despite losing several key players to injury as the series progressed, India fought back to register one of their greatest Test series wins of all time.

“The bench strength is crucial for a team to do well and India’s performance in Australia bears testimony to that,” said Brett Lee. “Teams are not of just 11 players anymore. There are some 16-17 of them and it is about having others who are good enough to stand up at the world level at any given time. Also, with traveling in bubbles, there will be players who get extended rests and others who get fatigued, but that is how the times are.”

Brisbane Test: India beat Australia by 3 wickets at Gabba to win series 2-1, retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy Image Source : AP IMAGE
Brisbane Test: India beat Australia by 3 wickets at Gabba to win series 2-1, retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy Image Source: AP IMAGE

Being 1-0 down, losing the services of regular skipper Virat Kohli due to his paternity leave, having lost several key players like Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Hanuma Vihari, Ravichandran Ashwin, KL Rahul, and Ravindra Jadeja due to injuries at various stages of 4 match Test series, a second-string Ajinkya Rahane-led India staged a comeback as they won their second straight Test series on Australian soil.

India and England will lock horns in a five-match Test series beginning August 4 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The series will mark the start of the second cycle of the World Test Championship.

Brett Lee Praises Fantastic Performances From Indian Pacers

The former Australia paceman also heaped praise for a present lot of young Indian bowlers and reckons that they are ready to take over for several years to come.

“A word here about the Indian bowling attack, which I feel has been fantastic,” Brett Lee added. “They have experienced bowlers and some good young guys coming through. They have enough pace, are excited and enthusiastic, ready to take over from the likes of Bumrah and Shami. This trend may help India do well for the next 10, 15 or even 20 years.”

Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)
Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)

In the first WTC cycle, New Zealand defeated India in the finals to win the Test mace. Brett Lee believes that WTC has brought back the interest in the longest format of the game. Former Australia pacer Brett Lee has praised the Indian bench strength and believes that the young bowlers are ready to take over from the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.

In the WTC Final, Mohammed Shami was the only effective bowler who returned with 4 wickets under his belt while veteran Ishant Sharma managed to pick three wickets in the first innings, while Jasprit Bumrah was the only bowler to return wickless.

/

Virat Kohli Got Incredible Record Which Gets Better With Age: Brett Lee

Brett Lee, fast bowling legend reckons India captain Virat Kohli is getting better with age and not only does he have great batting skills, but he’s also got a ‘great cricket brain’ too.

Virat Kohli will be leading his men in the final of the ICC World Test Championship later this month when they face New Zealand in Southampton.

Brett Lee Getty Images
Brett Lee Getty Images

Brett Lee: Virat Kohli Got Incredible Record Which Gets Better With Age

Cricketer-turned-commentator Brett Lee has warned Kane Williamson’s New Zealand in the build-up to the ICC World Test Championship final. He feels that India skipper Virat Kohli will rise to the occasion as India aims to clinch the inaugural World Test Championship title in England.

Speaking to ICC, Lee said, “When you look at the recent greats, it is hard to look past Virat Kohli (favourite batter). What an incredible record he has got. He is only getting better with age. He has got a great mindset, a great cricket brain as well.”

Kane Williamson (AP)
Kane Williamson (AP)

He also picked his favourite batsman and bowler. He chose India captain Virat Kohli as his favourite while he voted Australia’s Pat Cummins as his favourite bowler. Unsurprisingly, Brett Lee felt that it is tough to choose someone other than Virat Kohli.

Kane Williamson has scored 7,115 runs from 83 Tests with the best score of 251. In fact, Kane Williamson has a better Test average than Indian counterpart skipper Virat Kohli (54.31). He owns 24 tons and four double-centuries.

Brett Lee: Virat Kohli Steps Up On The Big Occasions

The immense popularity of cricket in India means Virat Kohli is always under scrutiny but the pressure that comes along only helps him take his game to another level, feels Brett Lee.

“Kohli, he is such a dynamic player, such a great influencer for the team, world-class batter. We know that that’s a given. But I think that with his emphasis on how important Test cricket is to him, and his team, and his nation, it is going to weigh in very heavily on him and that will improve his performance,” Brett Lee said.

“We know that Kohli steps up on the big occasions. And, as you mentioned, he wants to see his side be the first winners of the ICC World Test Championship. It means a lot to him,” he added.

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source: AP IMAGE

The WTC final is slated to get underway from June 18 and the India squad, which arrived in the UK earlier this week, is currently undergoing hard quarantine before being allowed to train.

“Once everything is said and done, once the preparations are done, when they arrive there when the quarantine is done, just before they walk out, I think that will be the last comment – Let us enjoy it but let us become the first side to ever to win this ICC World Test Championship,” Lee said.

Virat Kohli has been on two tours of England since he made his Test debut for India. In the first tour in 2014, he was all over the place, scoring just 134 runs from 10 innings, statistically the India captain’s worst in a three-Test series or more. However, four years later, Virat Kohli turned it around in style, scoring a mammoth 593 runs from five Tests, including two centuries and three fifties.

India is set to travel to the UK for a long tour. They first face New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship in Southampton starting June 18 before proceeding to play hosts England in a five-Test series starting August 4. India has faced defeats in their last three Test tours of England. They last won a Test series in the UK in 2007.

Brett Lee Getty Images
Brett Lee Getty Images
/

Mumbai Indians’ Jasprit Bumrah And Trent Boult Know Each Other’s Strengths And Weaknesses: Brett Lee

Mumbai Indians are the most successful franchises in the history of the Indian Premier League, winning five trophies so far. There could be several reasons behind this success that MI has attained over the years in the IPL.

From Mumbai Indians’ captain Rohit Sharma’s analytical mindset to dynamic all-rounders Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, and Kieron Pollard, to lethal fast bowlers Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah – all have contributed to Mumbai Indians’ success. But the best bit about Mumbai Indians has been the camaraderie the players have shared between themselves.

Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians (Image Credit: Twitter)

Mumbai Indians’ Jasprit Bumrah And Trent Boult Knows Each Other’s Strengths And Weaknesses: Brett Lee

Kieron Pollard and the Pandya brothers-Hardik and Krunal are known to share a deep bond over the years. MI fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has partnered well alongside Lasith Malinga, Nathan Coulter-Nile, and now Trent Boult.

But India is set to face off against New Zealand in the World Test Championship final this month. Brett Lee thinks the friendship will be there but playing for the country comes first while talking about the Mumbai Indians’ pace duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult who will battle it out trying to win for their respective countries.

Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah | MI Twitter
Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah | MI Twitter

“Look, I think the friendship will be there. But after they step out over the rope and before they step on the field it will be different. When you get out there, it is war. It is a battle, and you are playing for your country. That will not change,” Lee was quoted as saying in an ICC press release.

“I think that is with Boult and Bumrah, they know each other so well, they know each other’s strengths, but they also know each other’s weaknesses. So, I think that sort of counterbalances what might be a situation where it could help or hinder someone,” he added.

“I think it is great for world cricket, that you look at these two wonderful players, and they are world-class, Boult hoops a ball back in 140 Ks. Jasprit Bumrah can make that duke ball swing around corners. They will be very mindful of what each person can bring to the table. And I am sure after the game, there will be a few hugs as well,” he signed off.

Trent Boult missed the ongoing 1st Test against England and is doubtful for the 2nd and New Zealand management hopes the experienced paceman will be fresh and ready to go for the inaugural World Test Championship final. Trent Boult prepares to travel to England to join his teammates ahead of the World Test Championship final against India later this month. The NZ pacer has 281 Test wickets at 28.02.

The left-arm seamer missed the ongoing first Test at Lord’s as a result of being given family leave in New Zealand after returning home following the coronavirus-enforced postponement of the Indian Premier League earlier in May.

Brett Lee Feels His Favourite Batsman Virat Kohli Will Rise To The Occasion Of WTC Final As He Warns New Zealand

Brett Lee also feels Kane Williamson is a bit more conservative in his approach while Indian skipper Virat Kohli is an aggressive captain. The former Australian pacer also pointed out that the New Zealand skipper waits for the right time to attack.

Cricketer-turned-commentator Brett Lee has warned Kane Williamson’s New Zealand in the build-up to the ICC World Test Championship final. He feels that India skipper Virat Kohli will rise to the occasion as India aims to clinch the inaugural World Test Championship title in England.

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source: AP IMAGE

He also picked his favourite batsman and bowler. He chose India captain Virat Kohli as his favourite while he voted Australia’s Pat Cummins as his favourite bowler. Unsurprisingly, Brett Lee felt that it is tough to choose someone other than Virat Kohli.

R Ashwin
R Ashwin. Image Credits: Twitter
/

Ravichandran Ashwin Promised To Distribute N95 Masks To The Needy

Ravichandran Ashwin, an Indian off-spinner has stepped up in the fight against COVID-19 and promised to distribute N95 masks. Wearing a mask is one of the ways to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The second wave of COVID-19 has hit the country hard and India is recording over 3.5 lakh cases regularly. India has also witnessed over 4 lakh cases thrice now and the death toll has also been on the high side. The country is also facing an acute shortage of oxygen, beds, and other equipment.

Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ravichandran Ashwin Withdrew Midway In IPL 2021 After Family Tested Positive

While the country is facing probably its worst-ever crisis, many celebrities and common rich people are doing their bit in the fight against COVID-19 by donating to various schemes. Ravichandran Ashwin, who recently represented Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, has also stepped up in the fight against COVID-19. Ravichandran Ashwin has promised to buy and distribute N95 masks.

Delhi Capitals player Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo | IPL)
Delhi Capitals player Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo | IPL)

The senior India spinner asked the Twitterati the ways to distribute the masks and wrote: “N 95 masks can be washed and reused. I am happy to buy and give it to people who can’t afford it! Please let me know ways to distribute them if you or anyone on my timeline knows how.”

Wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing are two ways to control the spread of COVID-19. Ravichandran Ashwin himself had a tough time a few weeks back as 10 members of his family tested positive for the infection. The COVID-19 cases saw him withdrawing midway from IPL 2021 during their Chennai leg. The tournament was suspended on May 4 due to 6 confirmed cases in different camps.

Pat Cummins, Brett Lee, And Virat Kohli Among Cricketers Donating In India’s Fight Against Covid-19

Pat Cummins was one of the first cricketers who stepped up in the country’s fight against COVID-19. The Kolkata Kight Riders’ pacer donated $50000 to UNICEF Australia’s India COVID-19 Crisis Appeal. Brett Lee donated 1 bitcoin (43 lakhs) to Crypto Relief. Sachin Tendulkar, Nicholas Pooran, Jaydev Unadkat, and Jason Behrednroff also donated to different relief funds.

Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar [Image Courtesy: Twitter]
Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar [Image Courtesy: Twitter]
Earlier today, India skipper Virat Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma launched an ‘In This Together’ campaign to raise funds. The couple has donated a sum of Rs 2 crore.
Cricket Australia
Cricket Australia
/

Cricket Australia To Donate USD 50,000 To UNICEF

Cricket Australia on Monday announced an initial donation of USD 50,000 towards the Covid-19 crisis appeal set up by the United Nations International Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) for India.

The money which amounts to Rs 37 lakhs, approximately donated by Cricket Australia will be used to procure oxygen for seriously ill patients suffering from the second wave of Covid-19, providing various types of equipment in affected regions as well as supporting the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines.

File image of Cricket Australia.(File)
File image of Cricket Australia. (File)

Cricket Australia Is Proud To Partner With UNICEF Australia To Raise Funs To Help Indian People Battling With Covid-19

Cricket Australia, along with the Australian Cricketers’ Association, is also partnering with UNICEF Australia to collect funds for the COVID-19 Crisis Appeal.

“Australians and Indians share a special bond and, for many, our mutual love of cricket is central to that friendship. We were all deeply moved by the sentiments expressed and donations given by Pat Cummins and Brett Lee over the past week. In that same spirit, we are proud to partner with UNICEF Australia to raise funds that will help the people of India by providing the health system with much-needed oxygen, testing equipment, and vaccines,” Cricket Australia’s interim chief executive Nick Hockley said.

It was Australian and KKR quick Pat Cummins who was the first cricketer to make a handsome donation of $50,000 towards the PM Cares Fund to help India fight the super-contagious second wave of coronavirus which has brought the country’s already-weak healthcare system to its knees.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins (File Photo)

Cricketers from all around the world started contributing towards the cause after pacer Pat Cummins, who is currently in India plying his trade for the Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2021, showed them the way.

Sachin Tendulkar, Brett Lee, Shikhar Dhawan, Jaydev Unadkat, And Nicholas Pooran Among Cricketers Donating For General Mass Suffering From 2nd Wave Of Covid-19

Former Aussie pacer Brett Lee donated 1 Bitcoin (Rs. 40 lakhs, approximately) to the Crypto Relief Fund to help his “second home” India. Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who had contracted coronavirus last month, donated Rs 1 crore to a fundraising campaign while opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan pledged Rs 20 lakh towards Mission Oxygen, as well any cash reward that he receives in the remainder of the IPL 2021.

Sachin Tendulkar Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images
Sachin Tendulkar Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

All 8 franchises of the cash-rich league have also made generous donations towards the cause over the last few days. A massive surge in COVID-19 cases has placed a huge strain on India’s health system, with a shortage of hospital beds and oxygen supplies, and morgues and crematoriums swamped.

Rajasthan Royals pacer Jaydev Unadkat said 10% of his IPL salary will be contributed to help covid-19 patients who need essential medical resources. Punjab batsman Nicholas Pooran has also decided to donate a portion of his Indian T20 League salary to help people in India fight the pandemic.

India reported 392,488 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, pushing the total cases to 19.56 million. Deaths jumped by a record of 3,689, taking the overall toll to 215,542.

/

Axing Of David Warner From Captaincy And Playing XI Shocks Brett Lee

David Warner has been one of the most prolific run-getters in the IPL. With 5447 runs, David Warner is fifth on the list of the leading run-getters in the IPL but first overall in terms of overseas players.

Like many fans and experts, Brett Lee was in utter disbelief when he found out that David Warner’s name was not included in Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Playing XI against Rajasthan Royals in Delhi on Sunday.

David Warner
David Warner (Courtesy by BCCI)

David Warner’s Axe From Playing XI Shocked Brett Lee

A day after being removed as captain of the team, David Warner was axed from the team as well, with the fourth overseas player’s spot going to Mohammad Nabi. Brett Lee was in shock to see his former Australia teammate not being part of the Playing XI as it remains to be seen how long he remains in exile.

“I’m actually shocked that Warner was not included in the XI. I know he hasn’t been playing his best form of cricket in terms of his strike rate this season but he’s always been there and there about with the Orange Cap party,” Brett Lee said during the Star Sports pre-match show.

Brett Lee KKR
Brett Lee KKR. (Photo Source: BCCI)

Like Brett Lee pointed out, David Warner has been one of the most prolific run-getters in the IPL. With 5447 runs, he is fifth on the list of the leading run-getters in the IPL and the highest run-getter among overseas players.

With 50 half-centuries, he has the maximum fifties in the IPL history and he is the only player to have won the Orange Cap a record three times – in 2015, 2017, and 2019. Brett Lee said that the decision would not have left David Warner pleased, but all the Australia batsman can do for the time being is be a good sportsman and wait for his turn to come again.

Kane Williamson Appointed New Skipper Of Sunrisers Hyderabad After David Warner’s Axe

SRH announced early on Saturday that Kane Williamson will take over the saddle from David Warner. Experts initially speculated that the decision was rooted in the team’s last-place standing in the points table after almost half of the IPL 2021 season.

However, there is another opinion doing the rounds that David Warner’s statement after the match against Delhi Capitals, where he labelled the ‘selectors’ call to drop Manish Pandey ‘harsh’, could also be the source of his captaincy axe.

Kane Williamson SPORTZPICS/Instagram
Kane Williamson SPORTZPICS/Instagram

David Warner is not only the top scorer in SRH’s history, the 34-year-old has also led the team to their maiden IPL title (2016) and multiple qualifier finishes. Kane Williamson, on the other hand, marshalled SRH to a runner-up finish in David Warner’s absence in 2018.

The franchise is languishing at the bottom of the points table after just one win in their first six matches. Hyderabad brought in Afghan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi instead as the fourth overseas player in the playing XI, which also includes Englishman Jonny Bairstow and Afghan spinner Rashid Khan.

However, in Kane Williamson’s first IPL 2021 match as skipper, Rajasthan Royals were back to winning ways after registering a victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Match 28 of the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Sunday.

Jos Buttler slammed his maiden IPL century, powering RR to a huge total of above 200 before the bowlers restricted SRH to 165 as RR won the game convincingly by 55 runs.

For Rajasthan Royals, Chris Morris and Mustafizur Rahman picked 3 scalps apiece as apart from the openers Manish Pandey and Jonny Bairstow, no other batsmen scored above 30 runs.

Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals 220/3 (Jos Buttler 124, Sanju Samson 48; Rashid Khan 1/24) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 165/8 (Manish Pandey 31, Jonny Bairstow 30; Mustafizur Rahman 3/20) by 55 runs.

Jasprit Bumrah, IPL
Jasprit Bumrah. Image Credits: Twitter
/

IPL 2021: Jasprit Bumrah Is Like A Breakthrough App, Says Irfan Pathan

Jasprit Bumrah just conceded 15 runs in 4 overs against Rajasthan Royals as the pacer now has 5 scalps in 6 games at an economy rate of 5.91 the 5th best overall and best among frontline pacers.

Lauding Mumbai Indians (MI)’s pacer Jasprit Bumrah’s economic spell against Rajasthan Royals, former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan called him a ‘breakthrough app’.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. Image Credits: Twitter

Irfan Pathan: Jasprit Bumrah Is Like A Breakthrough App As If He Doesn’t Pick Wickets, He Won’t Go For Runs

Indian Premier League (IPL) defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) got back to winning ways as Rohit Sharma and his men thrashed Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 7 wickets at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi to win their third match of the 14th edition.

Irfan Pathan with brother Yusuf Pathan.© Facebook
Irfan Pathan with brother Yusuf Pathan.© Facebook

Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who has struggled to pick wickets this season, bowled another economic spell against Sanju Samson & Co. which earned him praise from former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan.

Jasprit Bumrah, who has 5 wickets to his name from 6 matches this year, conceded just 15 runs in 4 overs against RR and bagged the wicket of Shivam Dube. Analyzing the pacer’s performance, former pacer Irfan Pathan called him a ‘breakthrough app’.

“He (Jasprit Bumrah) is like a breakthrough app. Whenever you want a wicket, you open the app, if you don’t get wickets, he won’t go for any runs. That’s what you saw today, he has been doing that since his first IPL for the Mumbai Indians,” Pathan told Star Sports.

It was largely due to Jasprit Bumrah’s spell, MI restricted Rajasthan to 171 in the first innings and then successfully chased down the target in 18.3 overs.

Brett Lee: Jasprit Bumrah Has All The Class And Firepower In His Armory

On the other hand, legendary Australian cricketer Brett Lee also heaped praise upon Jasprit Bumrah saying not many bowlers in world cricket could do what he does with the cricket ball.

“He has all the class and firepower in his armory. He has got a different action that makes it difficult for the batsmen. And the control over the length and lines is brilliant. The length around the yorker area is a very high percentage. Not many bowlers can pull that off what Bumrah does,” Lee said on Star Sports.

It was a much-needed win for Mumbai – who had suffered two successive losses against Punjab Kings (PKBS) and Delhi Capitals (DC). The five-time IPL champions has now moved to the fourth spot in the points table and will next take on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on May 1.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

After playing their first five matches in Chennai – which proved to be a difficult track, Rohit Sharma said his team was positive ahead of the match against the Royals in Delhi.

“We needed that win badly after a couple of losses. We did everything right today, right from ball one, and very clinical towards the end as well. Individuals took the responsibilities that were given to them, it was a collective effort,” Rohit said at the presentation ceremony.

“Guys were positive as they got to know we were going to Delhi, because it was a good pitch, not like Chennai!”

Put in to bat, Rajasthan rode on 42 by skipper Sanju Samson’s 42 and Jos Buttler’s 41 to post a competitive 171 for four but their efforts were overshadowed by Quinton de Kock, who struck six fours and two maximums to complete the task in 18.3 overs at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. Krunal Pandya also played a useful cameo, smashing 39 off 26 balls with the help of two fours and as many sixes.

Brief Scores:  Mumbai Indians: 172-3 (Quinton de Kock 70*, Krunal Pandya 39; Chris Morris 2-33 ) beat Rajasthan Royals: 171/4 (Sanju Samson 42, Jos Buttler 41; Rahul Chahar 2-33) by 7 wickets.

Pat Cummins. (BCCL/IPL)
Pat Cummins. (BCCL/IPL)
/

IPL 2021: Pat Cummins Reveals Reason For Donating $50,000 To The PM Cares Fund

Pat Cummins, the Australian fast bowler, recently donated $50,000 to help India fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The speedster, who’s currently playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL), has now revealed the reasons for making the donations to the PM-Cares Fund, an initiative by Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The heartfelt gesture has garnered Pat Cummins loads of accolades from the cricket fraternity and the fans. The netizens also hailed him as a ‘hero’ for his contributions. The pacer stated that by donating the money he tried to follow the footsteps of the Knights and their co-owner Shah Rukh Khan.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Pat Cummins: Team Owner Shah Rukh Khan Donated At PM Cares Fund

Shah Rukh Khan is doing his bit to help the government in its efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic. His companies – Kolkata Knight Riders, Red Chillies Entertainment, Meer Foundation and Red Chillies VFX – are contributing to a number of relief funds, including the PM-Cares fund. Kolkata Knight Riders, the IPL (Indian Premier League) franchise co-owned by the actor has pledged an undisclosed amount to the PM-Cares fund.

“I was just chatting to a couple of guys here at KKR, they have been really generous in their donations to the PM CARES fund over the last year or so. Shah Rukh donated himself here that suggests the way to go,” Cummins was quoted as saying to WION’s Executive Editor Palki Sharma Upadhyay.

Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan , Twitter

“There are a few people back home in Australia who are keen to help India so we might set up something in the next few days to direct a few more resources to charity here,” he stated.

The Centre had set up the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) Fund in March 2020 with the objective to deal with an emergency situation like the one currently posed by the COVID-19 outbreak and to provide relief to those affected.

Pat Cummins’ Donation Followed By Brett Lee And Sheldon Jackson

Pat Cummins also hopes to bring joy to the people of India, who are grappling their way through the pandemic. After he came forward with his helping hand, former Australian and KKR seamer Brett Lee and KKR batsman Sheldon Jackson made donations as well.

“I don’t think so. We are doing everything we don’t take any resources from the frontline. There is an aspect that us playing for three or four hours hopefully contributes to making people stay at home. It has certainly been a big topic of conversation as to how we can help,” he added.

Brett Lee(BCCI)
Brett Lee(BCCI)

The second wave of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has made sure that nearly three lakh cases are being recorded on a daily basis. The common people have been finding it difficult to secure hospital beds and oxygen cylinders. As far as Pat Cummins is concerned, he is currently the leading wicket-taker for KKR with nine wickets from seven games. He also has a top score of an unbeaten 66 against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Mumbai.

Former Australian and KKR pacer Brett Lee followed Pat Cummins’ recent initiative and donated 1 Bitcoin for India’s fight against the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The 44-year-old, who is currently in India for the ongoing IPL 2021, took to Twitter to announce that he would be donating 1 Bitcoin to help with “the purchase of oxygen supplies for hospitals across India.” It is worth noting that 1 Bitcoin is approximately 40,95,991 Rupees.

Following Pat Cummins’ contribution to the PM Cares fund to help India’s COVID-19 fight, Kolkata Knight Riders Sheldon Jackson too has made a donation, to the Gautam Gambhir Foundation.

Pat Cummins. (BCCL/IPL)
Pat Cummins. (BCCL/IPL)
/

Pat Cummins Wants IPL 2021 To Continue Despite Surge In COVID-19 Cases Across India

Pat Cummins claims ending the IPL will not help in India’s fight against COVID-19. Pat Cummins wants IPL 2021 to continue as he feels ending the tournament is not a solution.

Shutting down IPL is not the answer even as India is struggling to control the COVID-19-induced health crisis, insisted star pacer Pat Cummins, who donated USD 50,000 towards the fight against the dreaded virus.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins (File Photo)

Pat Cummins Don’t Think Ending The IPL 2021 Is An Answer

There’s been an ongoing debate whether the IPL should continue when India is facing a severe health crisis as thousands of people are dying of the dreaded virus. While a few feel it should not continue, a section believes it was a happy distraction.

“I don’t think ending the IPL is the answer,” the 27-year-old said in an interview with news channel WION. “We are doing everything we can to make sure we don’t take any resources out of the front line. I don’t think so (it’s the solution).”

Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson pulled out of IPL 14 while Andrew Tye decided to leave midway | Twitter
Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson pulled out of IPL 14 while Andrew Tye decided to leave midway | Twitter

“Of course there’s an aspect that playing every night for three-four hours hopefully contributes to people staying home as it has been a hard routine for them and we can help them get through each day,” he said.

On Monday, Royal Challengers Bangalore announced that their two Australian recruits Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson have decided to withdraw midway through the season due to personal reasons. Their withdrawal came after Rajasthan Royals fast bowler Andrew Tye too left IPL 2021 midway for fear of being locked out.

Rawalpindi Express Shoaib Akhtar urged the BCCI and the PCB to not go ahead with the IPL and PSL edition, respectively, due to the rapid spike in cases amid the Covid-19 threat. Abhinav Bindra, the only Indian to win individual Olympic gold and now part of various high-level athletes’ commissions, spoke about this issue. Writing in The Indian Express, he said the players should acknowledge the enormous privilege they enjoy to be able to play the sport in these times.

Pat Cummins And Brett Lee Donated Money For Purchase Of Oxygen Supplies For Hospitals Fighting Against Second Wave Of Covid-19

Pat Cummins further said looking at the second wave, groups have been formed in Australia to help the country.

“People in Australia would also like to help, so we are planning to set up something there to direct the resources to some charity over here,” the world number one Test bowler said.

Asked about his decision to donate towards the PM CARES Fund, Cummins said: “Just chatting with a couple of guys here at Kolkata Knight Riders and they have been really generous in their donation to the PM CARES fund over the last year. (Team owner and Bollywood superstar) Shahrukh (Khan) donated (money) himself and that is the way to go.”

Former Australian and KKR pacer Brett Lee followed Pat Cummins’ recent initiative and donate 1 Bitcoin for India’s fight against the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The 44-year-old, who is currently in India for the ongoing IPL 2021, took to Twitter to announce that he would be donating 1 Bitcoin to help with “the purchase of oxygen supplies for hospitals across India.”

Brett Lee(BCCI)
Brett Lee(BCCI)

It is worth noting that 1 Bitcoin is approximately 40,95,991 Rupees. Earlier on Monday, KKR pacer Pat Cummins revealed that he would be donating the USD $50,000 to the ‘PM Cares Fund’ for a similar purpose.

Players who left IPL 2021:

  • Adam Zampa – left midway to return to Australia
  • Andrew Tye – withdrew for Covid-19 fears and being locked out of Australia
  • Ben Stokes- injured while playing his first IPL 2021 match, ruled out for 3 months
  • Jofra Archer- injured before IPL 2021
  • Josh Hazlewood- opted out of IPL 2021 due to the growing number of COVID-19 positive cases in India
  • Josh Phillipe- unavailable due to personal reasons
  • Kane Richardson- left midway for personal reasons
  • Liam Livingstone- bio bubble fatigue
  • Mark Wood- opted out before the auction
  • Mitchell Marsh- pulled out for personal reasons
  • Ravichandran Ashwin- left midway to support family fighting against Covid-19
Prasidh Krishna Source: Google/ Image Credit: India Today
Prasidh Krishna Source: Google/ Image Credit: India Today
/

Prasidh Krishna Imitated Every Bowler But Looked Up To Brett Lee

Prasidh Krishna, an Indian pacer who made a record-breaking start to his international career against England in the first ODI, has revealed that he used to “copy every single spinner or fast bowler” when he started off.

Prasidh Krishna also said that former Australia quick Brett Lee was someone he always looked up to.

Prasidh Krishna sets new Indian record with 4 for 54 on ODI debut (Reuters Photo)
Prasidh Krishna sets new Indian record with 4 for 54 on ODI debut (Reuters Photo)

Prasidh Krishna Looked Up To Brett Lee

Prasidh Krishna’s impressive debut left the cricketing fraternity in awe-struck. The Karnataka pacer, playing his first ODI, became the first Indian to claim more than three wickets on his ODI debut and in the process recorded the best figures by an Indian playing his maiden ODI.

“Nobody really advised me in terms of taking up cricket as a career option. It’s just that my school coach Srinivas Murthy figured out that I was tall and I was getting the ball to move back. So, he’s the one who first corrected my running technique, the angle of my running, my loading, and all of that.”

” By doing all this, I also realized I was getting quicker and better. I was getting sharper with things. So that is when I realized, OK, there is something with fast bowling. And like I said, I always had a liking for fast bowling. Brett Lee was someone I always looked up to,” Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) official website quoted Krishna as saying.

“So that’s how it all started from school with Srinivas Murthy sir helping me. And yeah, from there, it’s been a mixture of everybody’s efforts. I remember one thing for sure. Any cousin, any elder cousin who walked with me on the road, was embarrassed because I used to imitate every single bowler in the world. “

Brett Lee KKR
Brett Lee KKR. (Photo Source: BCCI)

“All throughout my journey on the road, I would imitate actions and then try and be that guy trying to copy every single spinner or fast bowler. So, from there, it is all something natural, it all starts from the way you run in, and then load up. And I’m fortunate that I have a really smooth action that way,” he added.

In his debut ODI match, Prasidh Krishna returned with the figures of 4/54 from his 8.1 overs, which included a maiden over.

His idol Brett Lee picked 25 scalps in 38 appearances in IPL and averaged 43.8 and wasn’t successful in IPL like international cricket where he had over 700 wickets across formats and was a tough bowler to face as he generated extreme speed.  He played for KKR from 2011-2013 after representing KXIP from 2008-2010.

Prasidh Krishna: T20 Is A Fast Game And Is All About How Fast One Is Willing To Adapt

Reflecting on T20 cricket, Prasidh Krishna stressed that in this format, it is all about adapting to situations as quickly as possible as it is a “really fast game”.

“It is a really fast game — T20. So, it’s all about how fast are you willing to adapt! Because as a bowler, I don’t think there’s anybody who wants to just keep bowling one length all throughout.

“You want to do something, you want the batsman to do something, you want to try out things. So that’s where T20 comes into the picture because it challenges you about how many different things can you do and how consistently you can do,” he said.

“So, that way I was pretty happy and my height helped me with the yorkers because it was pretty tough for them to hit as it was coming from a really good height. And from that point onwards, it was about picking up skills, looking at people, and inventing your own things.

“They didn’t know what variations I had, and as I said, T20 is such a fast game that you don’t pick a couple of balls and the over is already done because you don’t really have time to think and plan and take a bowler on. You have to be there from ball one,” Krishna added.

Prasidh Krishna
Prasidh Krishna Playing For KKR In IPL – BCCI

Prasidh Krishna, who first burst onto the scenes in IPL 2018, after Kolkata Knight Riders signed him up as a replacement for the injured Kamlesh Nagarkoti, always had that extra pace to trouble the batsmen. Against England in 1st ODI, he showed maturity and adaptability beyond his age.

His stints to Australia with the legendary Jeff Thompson have played a major role. Also, learning from the great Australian former pacer Glenn McGrath at the Academy helped him a lot.

Prasidh Krishna has played 24 IPL matches in three seasons and taken 18 wickets for Kolkata Knight Riders.

Prasidh Krishna, the right arm pacer was picked in 18 member ODI squad for the first time for 3 ODIs. Prasidh Krishna’s domestic performances have been impressive. He was a driving force behind Karnataka winning the Vijay Hazare Trophy one-day titles in 2017-18 and 2019-20.

He was the second-highest wicket-taker (17) in the 2017-18 edition, and also picked 17 scalps in the 2019-20 edition. In the just-concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy, he was among the top five wicket-takers with 14 scalps and helped Karnataka reach the semi-finals.

1 2 3 10