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Captaincy will get the best out of Rohit in Asia Cup, says Lee

Last updated on: September 06, 2018 22:12 IST

'I believe 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.'

Rohit Sharma

Former Australia fast bowler Brett Lee backed Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan to shine with the bat in the upcoming Asia Cup saying the two openers will hold key to India's game-plan in absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli.

With Kohli being rested following the England tour, Rohit will lead the Indian team which starts its Asia Cup campaign on September 18. His opening partner Dhawan has been named as vice-captain for the ODI tournament.

"Two key batsmen for India in the Asia Cup -- Shikhar Dhawan and secondly Rohit Sharma. I believe 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," Lee said.

"With Virat Kohli not playing, Rohit and Dhawan will be the two key men with the bat for India," he said.

Lee, a veteran of 76 Tests and 221 ODIs, feels Rohit will be able to deliver in United Arab Emirates as the wickets will aid him.

"The great Virat Kohli is being rested for the tournament, so that allows Shikhar and Rohit to be pushed up. There is a lot of talk about how Rohit can't face left arm fast bowlers - with the swing and the ball going across him," said the 41-year-old.

"But I don't necessary agree with that but what I can say is that in the UAE it will be a different style he will have to face. Yes, they will bring on the left-arm fast bowlers to target Rohit but I believe on the lower and slower wickets in UAE, Rohit will dominate. I believe the wicket will help him out."

Lee also feels Dhawan will have to make some technical adjustments.

"Dhawan has come in form during his bout in England but will have to adjust a few things in his techniques to ensure he will be playing on the surfaces that will be conducive to him," he said.

"He has played on grounds all around India that are low and slow in recent years, and the tracks in UAE will suit him, allowing him to play through the line of the ball."

Schedule: Asia Cup 2018 (All matches start at 1700 IST)

Group stage:
15 September - Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, Group B (Dubai)
16 September - Pakistan vs Hong Kong, Group A (Dubai)
17 September - Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan, Group B (Abu Dhabi)
18 September - India vs Hong Kong, Group A (Dubai)
19 September - India vs Pakistan, Group A (Dubai)
20 September - Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, Group B (Abu Dhabi)

Super Four stage:
21 September - Group A Winner vs Group B Runner-up (Dubai)
21 September - Group B Winner vs Group A Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)
23 September - Group A Winner vs Group A Runner-up (Dubai)
23 September - Group B Winner vs Group B Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)
25 September - Group A Winner vs Group B Winner (Dubai)
26 September - Group A Runner-up vs Group B Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)

FINAL:
28 September - (Dubai)

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