Legendary fast bowler Brett Lee said on Thursday that the presence of players like Virat Kohli and Dale Steyn on the cricket field makes the game more exciting but pointed out that players should control their aggression and should know where to draw the line.
Recently, Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma was handed a one-match suspension for behaviour that breached the ICC code of conduct during the Colombo Test against Sri Lanka. The Delhi pacer will miss India’s first Test against South Africa which starts in Mohali on November 5.
“You have to have characters in the game like Andew Symonds, Shoaib Akhtar, Sreesanth, Andre Nel, Dale Steyn, Virat Kohli. Kohli is a completely different guy on and off the field. That’s fine and good that gets him to play good cricket,” Lee told reporters here.
The former Australia pacer was named as Cochlear’s first global hearing brand ambassador of the Indian leg of the initiative ‘Sounds of Cricket’ to raise awareness about social, emotional and economic impact of hearing loss on individuals and their families.
“I don’t support someone being suspended. Also you don’t want to change the game into bunch of puppets, running around just going through the motions. You need to have exciting players, characters in the game,” he said.
“But there is a line you should not cross. You should be punished if you cross the line. I have read what happened but didn’t see what happened. I love bowlers with controlled aggression. Having aggression is good but not too much,” Lee said.