Brett Lee rates India as favorites to win the Champions Trophy

"I have enjoyed is watching India play some really good cricket," Lee said.

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Former Australian cricketer Brett Lee. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

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Former Australian seamer Brett Lee has rated India as favourites to win the Champions Trophy. The veteran pacer believes that the Virat Kohli-led side has a good chance of winning the ninth edition of the tournament which is currently being held in England. India is the defending champion, having beaten England in 2013 to lift their second title in the eight-nation tournament.

India won their opener against arch-rivals Pakistan by 124 runs in a rain-hit fixture at the Edgbaston. The Men in Blue are playing neighbours Sri Lanka today in their second fixture of CT 2017. And a win against the Lankans can guarantee India a semi-final berth.

Enjoyed watching India

Speaking about India’s prospect in the tournament, Lee stated, “It’s been a pretty good tournament so far. And the thing I have enjoyed is watching India play some really good cricket. India has a good chance and also I want to back my country Australia ”

“India had a great win against Pakistan the other night. It was a clinical win. They have got the right team and have got some great balance with batting and bowling. I see them going a long way in the tournament.”

Kohli was very much concerned prior to the game, as he was aware that the Lankan’s were desperate to bounce back from their defeat against the Proteas. However, the Indian skipper believes that the win against their arch-rivals have fuelled their team morale and a similar performance can secure the Men in Blue another victory.

Indian batsmen put up an impeccable show in their opening fixture and thus, a repeat of that batting blitz against the Lankans would put India on course for the semi-finals. Lee’s team, on the other hand, are currently in the second spot in Pool A after both their games had been washed out due to rain. Australia has a must-win game against England on June 10 if they have to avoid elimination.