“Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan key for India against Pakistan,” says Brett Lee


Former Australia pacer, Brett Lee thinks that Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are the two key players for India not only against Pakistan but against every team in the Asia Cup scheduled from September 15 to 28 in UAE.

As due to Virat Kohli taking rest during the six-nation tournament, opening batsman Rohit Sharma will take charge of the men in blue in a crucial tournament.

“Rohit and Dhawan can lead the Indian side from the front as captain and vice-captain,”

He believes that Rohit will get the best out of himself and also the team because he has been given that extra bit of responsibility to lead the Indian side.

Sharma has scored 224 runs at an average of 32 in the 10 innings that he has played in the Asia Cup so far, with two fifties to his name. Dhawan, on the other hand, has participated in just one edition of the tournament in 2014. He accumulated 192 runs at an average of 48 in the four innings he played.

Lee, who scalped 690 wickets for Australia in an international career that spanned over 13 years, believes that the conditions in the UAE will suit the batting style of the Indian opening pair.

The Asia Cup is scheduled from September 15 to 28 in UAE with Sri Lanka taking on Bangladesh in tournament opener.