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 said.
“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 strokeplay,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.