New Delhi, May 7: Kolkata Knight Riders speedster Brett Lee has praised his skipper Gautam Gambhir and rated him as one of the brilliant captains he has played with, as the Indian opener possesses strong leadership skills.
"Gambhir is just brilliant. He is a born leader and it comes naturally to him. Besides he backs it up with strong performances and has been leading our flock really well," Lee said on the sidelines of the launch of a music academy for underprivileged and autistic kids.
Lee, while talking about his IPL skipper, also spoke about Michael Clarke and feels Australia will soon regain their numero one spot after undergoing a transition phase.
"With Michael Clarke around, it has all been going really well for Australia. He has himself performed exceptionally well and the team is going from strength to strength under him," said Lee, who retired from Tests in 2010 but continues to be a part of Australia's ODI and Twenty20 set-up.
"The recent Test series against the West Indies was a good sign and we should be there (at the top) pretty soon," he said.
While talking about other issues in Australian cricket and speculation over Ricky Ponting's career, Lee said "Ricky has been an absolute legend of the game. He deserves to go only when he feels that the time is right."