IPL 2013 March 30, 2013

Brett Lee excited by mentorship role

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Brett Lee has said he is "pleased and proud" to be given the bowling mentor's role for Kolkata Knight Riders and is looking forward to juggling his dual role as mentor and opening bowler. The former Australia fast bowler replaced Wasim Akram as bowling mentor for the side after the latter opted to take a year's break.

"I'm really proud and pleased to have been given the bowling mentor's role. My job is to try and impart knowledge to the guys," he told the Telegraph. "Even though it might seem a short span of time, we'll still have eight weeks in hand. Lots of cricket will be played during this period. And from what I saw during nets today, each of the players look in good nick."

KKR's bowling was crucial to their victory last season and the side relied heavily on offspinner Sunil Narine. Lee said that Jacques Kallis could turn out to be an important bowler for KKR this season. "We have lots of key bowlers in our squad," he said. "Guys like (Lakshmipathy) Balaji, (Pradeep) Sangwan are quite capable and ready to step up. Then there's Kallis, who's one of the best cricketers in the world. There simply cannot be any doubt about his ability with the bat. But with the ball, too, Kallis will play a huge role in determining the fortunes of the team."

Lee also expressed his confidence about KKR captain Gautam Gambhir's form going into the IPL. Gambhir was dropped for the first two Tests against Australia and missed out on selection for the remaining Tests after suffering from jaundice.

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  • dummy4fb on April 1, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    This is my KKR XI for the opening match ::::: 1. Bisla 2. Gambhir 3. McCullum 4. Kallis 5. Tiwary 6. Bhatia 7. Dbabrata 8. Abdulla 9. Narin 10. Balaji 11. Lee

  • WasimDXB on March 31, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    I don't think so Bret Lee will be affective as a baller mentor. Waim Akram fit more better in that job than Lee. May be this will be a trial version for this year only. Sure next year they have to think again to appoint the new mentor.

  • greasedecrease on March 31, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    Marine will once again be the key. Lee understands this and is expecting pallid to perform by varying his pace and bounce. I cant see Patterson in the starting 11.

  • unlocker on March 30, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    i am dammn sure for lee bowling kkr cant advantage .everymatch he will give 40+ run in his 4 over .its not a good decession a player also a mentor .this season kkr dont play good .kallies is a test player ,every match i saw kallies got run but its not look like t20 batteings ,when kallies played with royal challange banglore and last year played with kkr his batting style same .he got fifetly used ball 40-48.this no good for t20 batting.and finally sunile nairane cant do any special for kkr .last 1 year his record is no good in national team .batsman are allready find out they how play narine ball.all ready nariene cracked

  • dummy4fb on March 30, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    A great taking place of a great. Its a very good move by kkr to give this responsibilty to brett lee and i have no doubt kkr bowlers will do v.well under him. Very excited to see brett lee again. Always enjoyed watching him bowl. A match winning champion bowler.

  • British_North_America on March 30, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    KKR would be relieved that Shakib is not playing this season so no more harsh comment from us.

  • saifur.raffael on March 30, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    I couldnt stop laughing ..........he is the mentor........it would have been much better if KKR made some one else their bowling coach from India or going wid no bowling coach at all.....being the coach now he will surely want to play all the matches that means better bowlers than LEE like (Shammi Ahmed, Shakib and Pattinson) will be ignored....he has already ignored them by mentioning Kallis above Shakib & Pattinson.....

  • dummy4fb on March 30, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    hope the eden garden produces a good 20 20 wicket this time . the pitches last year were terrible . slow and low pitches that neither offer turn nor offer bounce are not ideal for T-20 cricket .

  • dummy4fb on March 30, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    Sakib, Narine, Shenanayeke, Bret lee, Kalis...Now choose whatever you want...

  • British_North_America on March 30, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    I do not like the idea that a player is given the mentor role while he is playing.Yes, Warne did it for RR but he was different.He was not there to be gone for 18-20 runs in an over.But Lee may be taken apart.Then how will he face his disciples? It is a quiet embarrassing situation.Also it means he will play all matches regardless of performance.Kallis is very overrated in T20 format.He had the opportunity to play every match for KKR but strike rate is not good in any of the matches.They are relying heavily on Naraine.

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