Former Australia speedster Brett Lee heaped praise on former India captain Anil Kumble and stated the latter will do well as head coach of India Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). Kumble, last year, had signed a two-year deal with KXIP and will take charge of the team during the 13th edition of the IPL, which is scheduled to be played from September 19 to November 10 in the UAE. Also Read - LIVE Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings Match 4 Live Cricket Score And Updates: Chawla Gets Uthappa, Smith Reaches Fifty
The 43-year-old Lee, who played for Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab in the IPL, stated players will be helped by Kumble’s vast experience of the game as they search for their maiden title. “Having someone like that (Kumble) in terms of the mix of the team and certainly the squad will be invaluable,” Lee said on Star Sports show Cricket Connected. Also Read - KKR vs MI Dream11 Team Hints And Predictions, Captain And Vice-Captain, Fantasy Cricket IPL 2020: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians, Match 5 Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi at 7:30 PM IST Wednesday September 23
“The knowledge, the experiences, will definitely help. Kings XI need to win, they have got a great squad, they have got a wonderful team that can definitely get close and close but they have not got over the line yet, so, I’m actually waiting for that to happen. Also Read - IPL 2020: Picking Right Playing XI A Challenge For Kolkata Knight Riders, Says Captain Dinesh Karthik
“A great franchise to play for, I put up my hand-up and say that was a lot of fun to play for that franchise,” he added.
Kumble, who stepped down as Team India’s head coach in 2017 after the conclusion of Champions Trophy, took over the role at KXIP after Mike Hesson left the job to join Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as director of cricket.
Kumble hasn’t had any prior experience of being a head coach in the IPL and the KXIP role is his first. He, however, was part of the backroom staff of RCB and Mumbai Indians (MI) respectively as a mentor.
Cricket Connected airs every Saturday & Sunday at 7 PM & 9 PM IST.