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‘India playing fearless cricket’

Mumbai: Former Australian speedster Brett Lee, on Sunday, said he was impressed with the fearless attitude of the Indian youngsters in the ongoing Test series versus England.

“I have been really impressed with this new Indian side. They are playing fearless cricket and that happens only when you get new people into the team. It is not that they have been in the team for a while… Yet they are worried about not performing.

“You get these young guys in and they just don’t care. They just go out there and think ‘I am going to give my best shot, 100 per cent. They are doing so well.

“I think India have found a great bunch of people now,” the former Australia speedster said on the sidelines of a promotional.

The 37-year-old said he has been particularly impressed with the performance of Ishant Sharma, who dished out a brilliant spell at Lord’s to win India the second Test.

“If you get seven wickets at Lord’s, you are doing a pretty good job. I have been really impressed.

“Ishant is a great guy. First and foremost, he is a wonderful fellow. He has got good pace, a good height and he is using that bouncer so well,” Lee said.

“(Mahendra Singh) Dhoni knew on the back of his mind that it was the wicket to pitch the ball short and try and ruffle up things for the batsmen,” he added.

Lee played down the on-field altercation between all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and England pacer James Anderson on the second day of the first Test at Trent Bridge, saying: “It is very hard for me to comment because I haven’t seen the incident. But most importantly, the media is the one that keeps blaring it up.

“I think we have to move on and actually worry about cricket.”

Match referee David Boon found Jadeja not guilty of the Level II offence for which he had been originally accused, but felt his conduct was contrary to the spirit of the game and fined him 50 per cent of his match fees.