ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Virat Kohli-led India have good chance of retaining title, says Brett Lee

PTI, Jun, 08 2017

Mumbai: Aided by a balanced unit, the Virat Kohli-led India have a good chance to clinch the ongoing Champions Trophy in England, feels former Australia pacer Brett Lee.

"It's been a pretty good tournament so far. And the thing I have enjoyed is watching India play some really good cricket. India have a good chance (to win) and also I want to back my country Australia (to lift the CT)," Lee told reporters on the sidelines of a social event in Mumbai.

Former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee. Reuters

Former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee. Reuters

"They (India) had a great win against Pakistan the other night (on 4 June), It was a clinical win. They have got the right team and have got some great balance with batting and bowling. I see them going a long way in the tournament," said Lee, who had finished his illustrious career with 380 wickets in 221 ODIs.

Lee spoke at the St Jude's Childcare Center (for cancer afflicted children) after promoting its music therapy efforts.

India, who decimated arch-rivals Pakistan by 124 runs in their tournament lung-opener on 4 June at Birmingham, play against Sri Lanka at The Oval on 8 June.

A win against the Lankans will seal the semi-final spot for the Virat Kohli's men from Group B.

Lee's home country Australia, in Group A, are currently in second spot after both their games had been washed out due to rain.

"Two games washed out, one against the Kiwis (New Zealand) and one the other night (against Bangladesh), it wasn't good for Australia. But it's a good group they are in," said the right-handed former pacer.

Australia have a must-win group game in hand against England on 10 June to reach the semis.

Lee said he liked the Champions Trophy because of its short duration.

"I like the tournament because it is short, (lasting) two and a half weeks," he quipped.

Published Date: Jun 08, 2017 | Updated Date: Jun 08, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115