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Brett Lee heaped praise on Indian bowling legend Zaheer Khan

Former Australian speed star Brett Lee was full praise for former Indian bowling spearhead Zaheer Khan as he ushered praise on his pace and his skill to swing the ball to great effect against an opposition.

“He is a genius. He swung the new ball, changed his pace, bowled cutters and then possessed great skills to reverse. That’s why he was successful in these conditions,” said Lee about his former Indian bowler.

Zaheer Khan was a true legend as he helped India to win the 2011 World Cup and to became the No. 1 in  2009 ICC Test ranking.

He spearheaded the bowling attack of India for many years since his debut in 2000 ICC Knockout tournament. His tremendous pace and swing   both with old and new balls made him an all-time great of Indian bowling.

What he did for India only a few bowler did.

Zaheer’s career spanned for 15 years. He took 610 wickets in 309 matches in all three formats combined. Currently, he is plying his trade in IPL for Delhi Daredevils as a captain of the side.

In 2008,  Zaheer, for his great bowling in Test and ODI, received the award of  Cricketer of the Year from Wisden. The Indian government in 2011 conferred the Arjuna Award on this legendary World Cup winning bowler.

The left-handed bowler bid adieu the game in October 2015.

 

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Boult can do a Starc against India: Brett Lee

Australian pace bowler Brett Lee said that New Zealand team have quality pacers to trouble the Indian batting order and can pose serious threat in the upcoming series against the hosts starting from 22nd September at Kanpur.

Brett Lee said that to be a good pacer in India, the fast bowlers need to reverse the old ball and trouble.

He also talked about Mitchell Starc is the best pacer at the present moment. He has good pace and can trouble the best batsmen in the world but James Anderson and Dale Styen have show their skills in test matches.

With New Zealand visiting India for three match test series starting from 22nd September , the visitors have quality pacers like Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Doug Bracewell. Asked about Trent Boult he said that Boult can do a Starc as he has good pace to trouble strong Indian batting line up. The wickets in India does not have much for pacers , but with the old ball, the New Zealand bowlers must make use of old ball by reverse swing.

The Indian pace department have done well as a unit, In the past the Indian fast bowling department was great but for now the Indian pacers are gelling together.

Talking about Zaheer Khan, Brett Lee said that he swung the new ball, reverse swung the old ball and troubled the batsmen with his skills.

 

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Brett Lee trolls Piers Morgan on twitter!

Legendary Australian bowler had remarkable rivalries with his English counterpart. Daily Mail editor of US edition Piers Morgan has had his differences with the Indian for the last couple of weeks with the likes of Virender Sehwag  joining  in on the act. While the Ashes series plays its part in stirring  up the rivalry between England and Australia, it is clear that the rivalry takes a curve outside the ground as well.

With a few hundred Aussies fans paraded behind the net and Mark Nicholas playing the role presenter  and umpire at the same time, Brett Lee had six deliveries to knock over the stumps of Piers Morgan. The  first delivery clearly hit him in the ribs with Michael Vaughan warning Morgan not to charge. The next delivery was banged in short and Mr. Morgan was tumbled on the ground. “Bring it on mate”, Morgan said to Lee as the Aussie walked to bowl the next delivery.

The third delivery and Mark Nicholas walked up to Morgan asking him if he needed the team doctor. As Warne had mentioned earlier, “I like the courage.” Although Brett Lee bowled Morgan, the delivery was  deemed to be a no ball, giving Lee and extra delivery to inflict some physical Morgan, the  delivery was deemed to be a no ball, giving Lee an extra delivery to inflict some physical pain on Morgan. While Morgan did not show any pain some fierce courage, the end of the over, saw most of the Aussies surround Morgan ushered praise on him for his courage.

In the aftermath of his  trolls directed at the Indian Olympic contingent, the former Aussie bowler sent out  a tweet directed at Morgan “Let me know if it’s like the ending you had hoped your ribs have recovered champion.”

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Virat Kohli is the best batsman in the world, says Brett Lee

Former Austaralian fast bowler Brett Lee had heaps of praise for Indian test captain Virat Kohli. The 39-year old expressed his admiration for Kohli’s aggression and batting technique.

He also feels that Virat Kohli is currently the best batsman in the world. The Indian batsman has improved significantly over the last few years and have raised the bar for the other batsman to catch up with him.

Previously known as the limited overs magician, Kohli has improved tremendously in test cricket over the past couple of years and have become a vital cog in India’s test proceedings.

“He is the world’s best batsman currently,” Lee told the Times of India. “His technique is incredible.

“If you look back a couple of years, you would say that a fourth or fifth stump ball might get him fishing and that’s how you get him out.

“But now, he’s checked that and that ball no longer gets him out. He’s tightened his technique, his stance is upright and he’s playing with total freedom.”

The 27-year old has been in outstanding form as he managed an unbelievable 973 runs in recently concluded IPL and also was the man of the tournament in T20 World Cup 2016. Kohli has continued his fine form to Caribbean as he clinched his first double century in test cricket during the first test in the tour.

Lee, who had taken 718 international wickets, was one of the most aggressive players in his playing days is admiring Virat Kohli for the same trait as the latter developed a name for his calculated aggression over the last couple of years.

“I love the way he plays and his aggression,” Lee said.

“His aggression is in your face but it’s not over the top. Rather, it’s controlled. He’s very passionate and always puts his team first,” he added.

Brett Lee, IPL 2019, Prasidh Krishna, Navdeep Saini, 2019 World Cup
Lee urge Indian curators to help pacers. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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Brett Lee compares Jasprit Bumrah with Jeff Thomson!!!

With the likes of Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar present in the Indian team it was looking quite tough for any pacer to break into the Indian team. But Jasprit Bumrah not only became a regular in the team he has also become MS Dhoni’s go-to man in the limited-overs cricket.

He made his debut earlier this year in Australia but has become India’s most consistent performer in the bowling department.

In such a short career so far, the right-arm pacer  has already registered his name in the record books. He now has 28 wickets for India in 21 T20Is in 2016 and he went past former Australia quick Dirk Nannes’ record of taking the highest number of wickets in the shortest format of the game in a calendar year.

Apart from his impressive performances, what makes Bumrah so effective is his ability to bowl yorkers and short deliveries at will, something that Indian pacers have traditionally struggled to do consistently.

And so it was not surprising  when legendary Australian pacer Brett Lee said that Bumrah impressed him the most during recent times.

“I like Jasprit Bumrah. His action is unique. I think he can definitely get a lot faster if he fixes up his front arm. His current technique works for him, though. Not many can try and copy his action. Bumrah is a bit like Thommo (Jeff Thomson). I like Bumrah’s aggression.”

The former pacer was one of the fastest bowlers of all time. His career was marred by injuries but he never compromised with pace.

“If your top speed is 148kmph, you have to try to hit that mark every time you bowl. And that’s what I did throughout my career,” said Lee.

Lee is currently in India as the mentor of Kanchi Warriors in the Tamil Nadu Premier League.

He also commented on India’s batting sensation Virat Kohli and said that the dashing batting would have hit him all over the park.

“He would have hit me all over the park had we faced each other. At this moment, he is the world’s best batsman. I love his controlled aggression. It’s in your face, but not over the top. He puts his team ahead of everything else,” Lee said.

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Five players whom fans want to see again on the field!

The 1990’s born cricket fans have seen two-generation of cricketers playing the cricket and bid the game adieu. Cricketer’s playing style and gestures on and off the field are the reasons fans love them.

In international cricket, only a few cricketers win your heart, but those can you love them forever.

Here are five cricketers whom fans still miss and want them to play again for their country:

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Brett Lee wants to win new fans in India

Former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee has many fans in India. Now, he wants to win new fans as his debut movie “UNIndian” hits cinemas in India. Lee said he hoped his fledgling role may prove a stepping stone into the country’s cinematic heartland.

“Maybe a Bollywood movie next! Fingers crossed people enjoy this film,” he said. The Australian fast bowler enjoys huge popularity in cricket-mad India after a decade playing matches on the subcontinent.

“Both have different challenges,” Lee said of his switch from sport to the silver screen. With the tagline “getting spicy everywhere”, the cross-cultural comedy is directed by Indian-Australian director Anupam Sharma and set in Sydney, featuring a large Indian cast. ”I’ve grown up playing cricket so this acting stuff is brand new. That keeps it fresh and exciting,” Lee said.

He took acting classes to prepare for playing Will, an English teacher who falls in love with beautiful single mother Meera, played by Tannishtha Chatterjee in the cross-cultural romcom. But they face an obstacle in the form of Meera’s friends and family who want the divorcée to marry a successful Indian man.

“I’m always about being as professional as possible,” Sydney-based Lee said. Brett Lee, the former cricketer-turned-actor, is surprisingly a natural on camera. He slips into his casual role effortlessly.

According to Lee’s website. A duet performed with Indian Bollywood singer Asha Bhosle, You’re the One For Me, made a splash in the Indian music charts in 2007.

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5 great bowlers who failed to pick up 10 wickets in a Test match

Over the years, the Test cricket has seen  a lot of great bowlers who have picked more than hundreds of wickets. However, despite picking up so many wickets some legendary bowlers have failed to notch up even a single 10-wicket haul. 

Here is a list of bowlers who despite having an illustrious career with the red cherry, failed to pick up 10 wickets in a match:

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CBFC asks Brett Lee’s ‘Unindian’ to reduce the love making scene

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC)  has once again shown its ugly side as they object the lovemaking sequence between Brett Lee and Tannishtha Chatterjee in the former Australian fast bowler’s debut film, “UnIndian”.  The  CBFC think the length of the love making scene is a bit too much to bear and has asked the makers to cut it down from a minute to only a few seconds.

However, as the controversy brews, Brett Lee is careful with his words; choosing not to judge the censor board’s decision. However, the cricketer turned actor believes the scenes were tastefully done.

“It’s been very tastefully done. It’s about two human beings becoming one which happens in everyday life and which happens in this film,” Brett told Indian Express.com in an exclusive conversation.

Talking about CBFC’s  decision asking the director to reduce the duration of the lovemaking scenes, Lee said, “It’s an Australian film first of all. It’s produced and directed by an Indian and obviously, Anupam (director) is an Indian and he knows Indian culture. I was born in Australia. The actress(Tannishtha) is Indian. So it’s pretty much been made by Indian people. I am not the one to judge and certainly won’t be going down that road which is right or wrong. I am stepping aside and leaving it them to find out what is wrong and if it is tasteful. If it doesn’t work and it’s not right then it is up to them to make that call.”

At the same time, lead actress Tannishtha said it is time switch over to a rating system and have films rated according to their content rather than censored.

The movie will be released in India on 19th August.

This year, two mega biopics on cricketers will be released. One is on Sachin Tendulkar and another is on MS Dhoni.

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Brett Lee expresses his desire to watch biopic on Sachin

During their international cricket career, they have shared one of the fiercest rivalries. But off the field, they have shown respect for each other.  Now Brett Lee expressed his desire to watch a biopic on Sachin Tendulkar.

The 39-year-old Lee, who is making his acting debut with  an Australian film “Unindian”,  is excited about the biopic on Tendulkar titled “Sachin: A Billion Dreams”. The upcoming  film on Indian cricket’s greatest ever stars Sachin Tendulkar is helmed by James Erskine .

“It’s great to see films on cricketers’ life and journey. I am looking forward to seeing Sachin Tendulkar biopic. I like that more. He is a great player and a nice human being,” Brett told PTI.

The Bollywood filmmakers seem  to be  fascinated with cricketers’ life as movies are being made on them.

Recently a biopic on former Indian cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin also released in India  lead by Emraan Hashmi.

This in September World Cup winning Indian captain MS Dhoni’s biopic will be released in September. The lead role played by Sushant Singh Rajput playing the lead role.

Asked about Brett Lee  about making a biopic on himself , he says, “No not now. It is not exciting for me at the moment. I am focused about ‘Unindian”.

The movie is directed by Anupam Sharma , featuring Brett Lee and Tannishta Chatterjee. The movie will be released in India on August 19.

The biopic on cricketers has created a lot of buzz as India this year will see two biopics on two great cricketers.  Sachin has played for India more than two decades while MS Dhoni has given India three ICC trophies.