SportsAdda ambassador Brett Lee believes Rajasthan will miss the services of their core Englishmen in episode 1 of SportsAdda presents T20 Crazy, powered by Sportsbet.io.
Sitting down with Manish Batavia for a free-wheeling chat, the former Australian speedster reflected upon the challenges Rajasthan will have to tackle in the absence of their frontline wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler.
“He's a massive loss. You know when you lose a player of that ability and calibre that you need some other player to step up. He's almost a two-man player.“
The former Aussie spearhead opined that it is tough to fill in the English wicket-keeper’s boots.
“He will go out there and dominate, will take on the bowlers, he hits inside out, he hits with the ball coming into the legs as well. He's definitely a quality player. So they have to make sure to find someone who can step up."
Russell to revive Kolkata’s campaign
The SportsAdda ambassador believes Andre Russell can have a significant impact on the Kolkata setup. After a relatively quiet Caribbean Premier League campaign, the T20 bigwig and marauder has to lead a Kolkata unit that failed to click in the first half of the Indian T20 league.
When asked about the possible bowling option from the Bangalore unit that is likely to trouble the big man, Lee had his thoughts ready.
“Someone like Mohammed Siraj with a bit of extra whip with his action when he gets that extra bounce. The thing with Russell is that when he first comes in, he doesn’t like the ball short, he doesn’t like that big quick yorker as most batsmen don’t like. However, once he’s in, he can play.”
Lee had some words of wisdom for the Kolkata team about supporting Russell to the tee.
“When he’s not scoring runs or taking wickets, Kolkata struggle. They need someone like Russell to play with freedom, and I hope that they go and tell him to play the stellar cricket that he knows and what we all love to watch.”
Binga wished that he (Andre Russell) got the necessary backing within the team to lift Kolkata from the bottom half of the points table.
“If you go out there and get out first ball, so be it, but if you play with that confidence and freedom, you will have a much better half of the tournament.”
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