Former Australian speedster, Brett Lee reckons that in the upcoming ICC World Cup, one of the batsmen win going to win the ‘Man of the Tournament’ title in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup. However, in his list, the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli isn’t a contender for the highest run-scorer at the conclusion of the showpiece event. The player Lee has chosen looks more determined and fitter than ever.
While New Zealander Martin Guptill amassed 547 runs in 9 matches in the ICC World Cup 2015, Mitchell Starc a part of the champion Australian team clinched the ‘Player of the tournament’ title with 22 wickets in 8 outings. But this World Cup is supposedly going to be a tournament for the batsmen as high scoring game are being predicted due to English conditions.
The tournament will be commencing with the home team England clashing against South Africa at the Oval, it will be exciting to see the much-anticipated batting fireworks taking shape. The in-form batsmen like Kohli, ‘Hitman’ Rohit Sharma, ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle, English batsmen Jonny Bairstow, and Jos Buttler are set to light up the stage. Meanwhile, the tournament will also witness the best bowlers in the current scenario – Jasprit Bumrah, Kagiso Rabada, Rashid Khan, etc.
However, former Australian pacer reckons that the Aussies opener, Warner will outshine all of them with his amazing unstoppable talent and will be the ‘Player of the Tournament’ in World Cup 2019. We have all seen Warner’s exploits in the IPL 2019 for SRH as he clinched the Orange Cap title having amassed 692 runs in only 12 outings.
As per the quotes in Fox Sports, Lee said, “[Warner] looks hungry – batting the best I’ve ever seen him bat. It was a more – I use the word ‘hungry’ because you can see it in his eyes and the shots he played. He wasn’t lost in his batting. He wasn’t throwing his wicket away. Warner was probably targeted before through the press about getting a good 30 or 40 and then throwing away a potential hundred. But he did not do that.”
Lee has further heaped praise on the 32-year-old opener for his hard work and fitness. He expressed, “He ran – he looked fit,” Lee added. “43 degrees in Hyderabad, I was watching him in one of the playoffs, and he ran, and ran, and ran. To me, that’s a sign of being hungry.”We can all stand there and hit sixes but when you’ve got to work hard for your runs … I’m going to put him in for the most amount of runs [at the World Cup].”
As the defending champions will be commencing their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on 1 June at the Bristol County Ground, all eyes will be on the southpaw opener.