Women's World Cup T20: India's victory could start a breakthrough, says Brett Lee
MELBOURNE: He will be supporting Australia safe but former pacemaker Brett lee He feels that an Indian victory in the final of the T20 World Cup on Sunday could be the beginning of a breakthrough for the women's game in the country crazy about cricket.
India and Australia will lock horns in what is expected to be a blockbuster title clash at the Melbourne Cricket Ground .
As an Australia n, I'd love nothing more than for (Meg) Lanning's team to do the job. But if India were to win the World Cup for the first time, victory would do so much for women's cricket in a country that already adores the sport, Lee wrote in an ICC column.
This could be the beginning of a breakthrough, particularly with the amount of talent that is coming.
The former speedster said Australia will have to look for ways to counter the in-form 16-year-old Shafali Verma .
In Shafali Verma, India boast one of the most talented players in the world and you feel that for Australia to win the game, dismissing her will likely be their first job.
I was very impressed with the first game, it is amazing to believe that he is only 16 years old with the confidence he has in his own ability and the way he hits the ball so cleanly.
It's a lot of fun to see it and I'm not sure that the female game has seen someone like her for so long.
Shafali has been the star of the tournament, having accumulated 161 runs at a strike rate of 161, consistently providing solid starts in India, and that was not lost on Lee.
Being the best T20 batter in the world already shows how far she has progressed in such a short time and the experience in this tournament will keep her in a good position in the coming years.
Even with the way she's played in Australia and her fearless brand of cricket, you still get the feeling she has more to come as well.
He calculated that Shafali could have another great score waiting for her.
She has a great score in her locker and there is probably no better place to do it than the MCG. Shafali is already a record, but if he can direct his side towards his first Women's T20 World Cup title with only 16 years, then the sky really is the limit for his career.